In the News

  • Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series Highlighted at National Conference

    Posted 8/15/2019

    ATLANTA — The Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series, a program organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, has received recognition for its positive impact in educating communities on the opioid epidemic at this week’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media.

  • Winners Announced in PDFNJ’s Online Family Fishing Tournament

    Posted 8/5/2019

    MILLBURN — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey announced five winners for its Fifth Annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament. Carl Cocozza and Vince Miranda of Atlantic County, Mike Mezak of Bergen County, Tim McHugh of Gloucester County, and Stephanie Osborne of Morris County were randomly selected as the winners of the competition. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card.

  • PDFNJ Launches Online Stigma Challenge

    Posted 8/1/2019

    MILLBURN—The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has launched an online water balloon challenge in an effort to squash the stigma associated with substance use disorder.


    Posted 7/26/2019

    Drug overdose deaths in the Garden State have been steadily rising for years but finally there is some good news to report. For the first six months of 2019, the number of fatal overdoses was down 7% compared to the same timeframe in 2018.

  • Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Project Signed into Law

    Posted 7/16/2019

    MILLBURN -- Governor Phil Murphy officially made Oct. 6 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day. Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is a statewide project created 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, with help from partners across the state.

  • Change course

    Posted 7/15/2019

    A pair of organizations team up to educate drug prescribers about limiting unnecessary opioid use


    Posted 7/15/2019

    TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed three pieces of legislation addressing the opioid crisis. A3292, A4744, and SJR35 will strengthen opioid prescription label requirements, ensure greater access to Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) benefits for Medicaid recipients, and spread awareness of opioid abuse through the designation of October 6th as "Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day".

  • New PDFNJ Campaign Highlights Danger of Prescription Opioids

    Posted 7/3/2019

    NEW YORK — A powerful new message in Times Square from the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey emphasizes the dangers of prescription opioids.

  • - Benzos Becoming a Choice Drug for Teens, NJ Drug Advocates Warn

    Posted 6/27/2019

    Drug experts are now warning of a dangerous new health problem involving medications like Valium and Xanax that are typically prescribed for anxiety and insomnia.

  • Local teen wins second place in statewide ‘Shout Down Drugs’ songwriting competition

    Posted 6/15/2019

    ATLANTIC CITY – Jermaine Bethea, 17, a junior at Egg Harbor Township High School, performed his original song, “Wasting Time,” during the 71st annual NJ Broadcasters Association Conference held at Tropicana Atlantic City Thursday, June 13.