• 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.

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted 11/22/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued support of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and wish you a healthy and safe Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends and those who matter most.

  • Looking to Chiropractic Care as an Alternative to Opioids

    Posted 11/15/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s guest blog looks at the role chiropractic care can have in the efforts for safer opioid prescribing. As we continue to battle the evolving opioid crisis, we can’t lose sight of the need to explore alternatives to opioids for pain.

  • Veterans Day

    Posted 11/8/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    I want to take a moment to acknowledge the service to our country by our veterans and extend them a special thank you on Saturday, November 11, when the nation observes Veterans Day. We take this time to honor our veterans for their devotion, their willingness to serve and for the sacrifices they made for our country. This tradition is well over a hundred years old. 

  • American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness

    Posted 11/1/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    Saturday, November 11, is the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) 15th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness. A national public health initiative to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and encourage the safe disposal of prescription drugs through the American Medicine Chest 5-Step Challenge (AMCC).


    The AMCC 5-step challenge can help save the lives of our children. We know that many teens who misuse opioids get them from the medicine cabinet of their friends and families, so it is crucial for people to safeguard medicine within their homes.

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