• Addressing Substance Use in Your Workplace

    Posted 1/31/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    One important area where we can promote prevention, education, treatment and long-term recovery is in our workplaces. What would happen if an employee in your organization was thought to be under the influence of marijuana, alcohol or some other drug? Would your supervisor know what to do? Would the employee have a good understanding of your organization’s substance use policy?

  • Study of Genomes Focuses on Biology of Cannabis Use Disorder

    Posted 1/24/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent study led by the Yale University School of Medicine analyzed more than 1 million genomes in order to provide insight on how use of cannabis is connected to multiple health problems. 

  • PDFNJ’s Middle School PSA Challenge Contest is Underway

    Posted 1/17/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s invites students in Grades 5 – 8 to participate in this year’s Middle School PSA Challenge. Students create a 30-second peer-to-peer video raising awareness about substance use and encourage their fellow students to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

  • Marijuana’s Impact on Mental Illness Utilizing the Research We Have

    Posted 1/10/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    One challenge to preventing the use and misuse of marijuana is the belief that using marijuana is a good way to relieve stress, anxiety or other problems related to mental health. It is easy to see how this attitude could become more prevalent as those marketing the sale of marijuana exploit this belief to entice potential buyers.

  • A Happy New Year, but More to Learn About Opioid Crisis

    Posted 1/3/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    I offer everyone my best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. The start of a year offers us the promise of a new beginning, and I am most hopeful in 2024 that we will continue to see a downward trend in the number of lives lost to drug overdoses in our state. 

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted 12/27/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey want to wish you a safe, healthy and peaceful New Year. 

  • Warm Wishes for the Holiday Season!

    Posted 12/20/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey would like to wish you Merry Christmas and extend our warmest wishes for a peaceful and joyous holiday season! 

    Continued wishes to stay safe and well.

  • Community in Crisis Receives National Recognition for Prevention

    Posted 12/13/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    I congratulate the staff members and the volunteers of Community in Crisis (CiC) for their good work in prevention, as the organization recently received a Blue Ribbon Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for its outstanding work to prevent youth substance use and ensure young people can lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Located in Bernardsville, the organization provides a variety of programs and services promoting prevention, treatment and recovery. 

  • Ongoing Effort Needed to Communicate with Our Kids about Fentanyl

    Posted 12/6/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    As we head towards the new year, I once again encourage parents to engage in meaningful conversations with their children about the dangers that result from using fentanyl.

  • NJ Resident Shares Story of His Opioid Use Disorder

    Posted 11/29/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    In this insightful article written by Stuart Kemp for, readers learn about the daily struggles of living with a substance use disorder (SUD). Michael (not his real name) lives in New Jersey and works as a fisherman, and he talks about both his “love” for heroin and “how it ruined my life.” He is honest and forthright about the obstacles he faces, the support he receives from others, and how, in a very real way like many others, his job provides a great sense of freedom when he is working.

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