• We Must Raise Awareness About the Dangers of Opioids

    Posted 2/23/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    New Jersey has made great strides against the opioid epidemic, but there are still far too many residents affected by this crisis. The goal of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is to prevent opioid substance use disorder before it starts to destroy lives. That's why it's more important than ever that we raise awareness of the dangers of prescription opioids and their link to heroin and fentanyl. 

  • Controversial Opioid Pulled from the Market

    Posted 2/16/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    In 2013, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved hydrocodone-based prescription opioid,  Zohydro ER, despite the medication not having abuse-deterrent properties and an 11-2 advisory committee vote against approval. At the time, the FDA came under fire for the approval and went to great lengths to defend the prescription opioid, which is something the agency does not often do.

  • Communication is Key Component of Substance Use Prevention

    Posted 2/9/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    One of the cornerstones of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is encouraging communication among families. Our research has shown that parents who talk to their children for at least 15 minutes a day have children who are 67 percent less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. 


    The most effective way to prevent substance use disorder is to address issues before they arise. It is through that communication that parents and caregivers can create an open dialogue about substance use prevention.

  • The Opioid Epidemic Affects Us All

    Posted 2/2/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Opioid-related overdose deaths among adults 55 and older in the United States rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019. according to a new study.


    During those two decades much of the increase was driven by a rise in opioid overdose deaths among adults 55 and older across the country. Opioid overdose deaths in that age group increased from 518 in 1999 to 10,292 in 2019, a 1,886 percent increase.

  • Guest Blog: Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs Music Competition Uses Music to Inspire People

    Posted 1/25/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Music is a powerful tool that can be used to influence, inspire and sway people. In this week’s blog, we hear from Christina Trombino, President & Founder of Love More for Julius, a non-profit organization that strives to use the healing powers of music to prevent substance use and help support those with a substance use disorder.

  • PDFNJ and NJ CARES to Launch 2022 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series

    Posted 1/19/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am excited to share with you that the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing addiction-fighting efforts across the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, will continue their collaboration on the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series in 2022.

  • How You Can Help To Fight The Opioid Epidemic in 2022

    Posted 1/12/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    I wanted to share a recent Washington Post article that highlights Congressman David Trone and all of his commendable work to help prevent opioid addiction across the country.


    Congressman Trone was one of the co-sponsors of the bipartisan Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act, aimed at preventing opioid addiction based on the success of the New Jersey Patient Notification Act.

  • Guest Blog: Madison Chatham Coalition Teen Task Force Launches Alcohol Prevention Campaign in Partnership with Chatham High School

    Posted 1/5/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Teen Task Force, the youth prevention arm of the Madison Chatham Coalition, has been very busy this past month! The teens launched their first prevention initiative of the school year at Chatham High School and were able to see all of their hard work and planning come to fruition at the Homecoming Dance on Monday, November 1.


    After deciding that Homecoming was a great platform for sharing alcohol prevention messaging, the eight Teen Task Force members got to work on narrowing several options down. They discussed their ideas at weekly Task Force meetings before landing on one. The Coalition would provide a Hershey's Bar favor to students in attendance at the dance. The bars would have one of four different alcohol stats and facts. The teens wanted a few different facts in an effort to stimulate conversation amongst students. They researched four facts that they thought were the most impactful and helped to design the wrapper.

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted 12/29/2021 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. 


    All the best for 2022,
    Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ

  • Seasons Greetings!

    Posted 12/22/2021 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.

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