• Study says that marijuana use affects the brain

    Posted 4/30/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    With the ever changing landscape of the marijuana legalization debate and new stories being published on a daily basis, this statement bears repeating: studies show that even casual marijuana use causes changes to the brain. According to a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA , casual marijuana users show abnormalities in the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, two regions of the brain associated with emotion and motivation.

  • ANGELINI: Don't ignore fact marijuana is addictive, destructive drug

    Posted 4/23/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Our great friend and partner, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, executive director of Prevention First, wrote this opinion piece for the Asbury Park. Her words are part one of a two part series about the possible risks of marijuana legalization in New Jersey.

  • Glow Parties and why parents should be concerned

    Posted 4/16/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    There’s the old saying about how good guys finish last. Thankfully it’s only a saying.

  • What is the number one reason for accidental deaths in New Jersey?

    Posted 4/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If you are still having trouble believing that our state is currently dealing with a substance abuse issue at an epidemic level, then consider this article from

  • A 5 Minute Message that Every Parent Must Read

    Posted 4/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The rising number of overdose deaths in Bergen County made news last week but all too often we only see numbers instead of the people they represent. On March 21, Linda Lajterman posted this moving letter to her Facebook account in response to her son's passing.

  • Report: Heroin deaths on the rise in Bergen County

    Posted 3/26/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Much of the narrative surrounding New Jersey’s growing heroin problem has centered on Ocean County. And understandably so.

  • "It's a time to confront our demons...Our state needs an intervention"

    Posted 3/19/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    “Our state needs an intervention,” says a new report from the governor’s task force on heroin and opioid abuse. These are the stark words from a publication that was released yesterday by the Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

  • US Attorney General calls heroin abuse a "public health crisis"

    Posted 3/12/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    This past Monday, US Attorney Eric Holder released a statement about heroin and opioid abuse, calling it “an urgent – and growing – public health crisis”. The US Attorney said that heroin overdose deaths have increased a staggering 45% between 2006 and 2010.

  • Last year was devastating...this year could be worse.

    Posted 3/5/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    We talked a lot last year about the amount of overdose deaths in Ocean County 112 in 2013 . As a result, a massive spotlight has been shown on the issue, revealing heroin as a drug that no longer just exists in inner cities.

  • Teachers and their role in keeping your kids drug-free

    Posted 2/26/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance NJAHPERD conference about substance abuse and kids. The audience was mainly made up of physical education teachers who deal with students on a daily basis.

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