• 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.

  • Legalization doesn't mean it's safe

    Posted 2/19/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    And so it begins. The talk of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey.

  • What Philip Seymour Hoffman can teach us

    Posted 2/12/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A few weeks ago another extremely talented man was taken from us far too early. And once again, addiction is to blame.

  • Justin Bieber is doing it...Lil' Wayne did it too. Are your kids also doing it?

    Posted 2/5/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    I don’t like to make a habit out of kicking people while they’re down but there’s more Justin Bieber news going around that parents should know about. The New York Daily News is reporting rumors that Bieber’s inner circle is urging him to go into treatment for an addiction to a disturbing new drug trend making its way around the party scene: sizzurp.

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