• Experimenting with Prescription Pills is Deadly

    Posted 9/28/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    I wanted to share with you this article that outlines the links between pills and fentanyl.

    To find out more about this life threating issue join us on October 6 – Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day – for a Learning Series Webinar that will focus on this topic.

  • Calling All Fourth Grade Artists

    Posted 9/21/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    The new school year is upon us, and that means the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Fourth Grade Prevention Folder Contest is underway for the 2022-23 school year. Each year, PDFNJ challenges fourth grade students throughout New Jersey to create substance use prevention artwork with the theme, “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs.” The winning artwork is reproduced on a school folder distributed to fourth grade classrooms the following school year.

  • Join the New Jersey Recovery Walk!

    Posted 9/14/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s guest blogger is Lisa Gladwell of New Jersey Recovery Advocates, a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer real solutions to the plague of addiction currently devastating our children, families and loved ones. As September is National Recovery Month, I urge all of you to join their walk/rally on Saturday, September 17.

    All the best,
    Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ

  • Recognizing National Recovery Month

    Posted 9/7/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    September is National Recovery Month. This national observance serves to support the recovery community and promote new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices. It is also a time to celebrate and honor those in recovery and the strides they make every day.


    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) recognizes and honors those in recovery and the many prevention, treatment and recovery programs and services throughout New Jersey and the nation. We honor their successes this month and all year long.

  • International Overdose Awareness Day

    Posted 8/31/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. A day to honor the lives lost to overdose and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder. It is important to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones without shame and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

    Additionally, this weekend we will celebrate Labor Day, a well-deserved tribute to focus on our well-being and a respite from the work week.

  • Raising Awareness About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

    Posted 8/24/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    E-cigarettes have been in the news lately as the Food and Drug Administration issued an order banning Juul from selling its e-cigarette products in the United States. This ban was quickly appealed and the FDA ruled to temporarily allow Juul to continue to selling vaping products while a review is completed.

  • King’s Crusade

    Posted 8/17/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s blogger is Sue Harrison, Co-Founder of King’s Crusade, a non-profit organization that aims to save lives and spare families the pain that addiction can bring through awareness and education. Below, Sue shares the story of her brother’s battle with substance use disorder and how she continues to honor his legacy by helping others.

  • Join Us for the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Training Webinar

    Posted 8/10/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    The seventh annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is coming up on October 6! The statewide initiative is organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services; and the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris.

  • Together We Can End The Opioid Crisis

    Posted 8/3/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    In this week’s blog, we complete the theme of sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by substance use disorder with a personal story from Elaine Pozycki, Chairperson of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ).

  • The Disease of Addiction Affects Us All

    Posted 7/27/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    We continue this month’s theme of sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by substance use disorder. The story below is from Mariel, who is an inspirational example of someone who is in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and an advocate in raising awareness and helping to destigmatize the disease of addiction.

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