In the News

  • Heroin Epidemic: NJ Parents Told to be Wary of Having Pain Pills Prescribed to Kids

    Posted 3/23/2016

    Before they were shooting heroin, they most likely were popping pills. A new national campaign is being rolled out Thursday to heighten awareness about the danger of opiate-based drug prescriptions, which officials say evolved into heroin abuse for young people. New Jersey is one of the states hardest hit by the heroin-addiction epidemic.

  • Watch How the Drug Overdose Epidemic Spread in America [VIDEO]

    Posted 3/21/2016

    The epidemic of drug overdoses in the U.S. has reached crisis levels, according to newly published data from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps project. The following map shows the spread in per-capita drug overdoses from 2002 to 2014, the most recent year for which data is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • East Brunswick's Lucas Espada is a Finalist in Statewide Anti-Drug Music Competition

    Posted 3/15/2016

    MIDDLESEX, NJ – Two Middlesex County musicians have been named finalists in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's (PDFNJ) New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition.

  • C.D.C. Painkiller Guidelines Aim to Reduce Addiction Risk

    Posted 3/15/2016

    In an effort to curb the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government on Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, ending months of arguments with pain doctors and drug industry groups and beginning what officials contended would be more judicious prescribing of the highly addictive medicines.

  • NJ’s Heroin, Opioid Problem Targeted with HOPE Initiative

    Posted 3/14/2016

    New Jersey lawmakers are hoping the state’s heroin and opioid addiction epidemic will settle down if the right tools are at work. An Assembly panel recently gave the green light to a bill that requires the establishment of a massive public awareness campaign to attack a problem that has strangled the New Jersey population over the last decade.

  • Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coming To Point Pleasant

    Posted 3/9/2016

    POINT PLEASANT – The Point Pleasant Borough Library of the Ocean County Library System in Point Pleasant will host the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) 15 Minute Child Break program on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7 pm.

  • Bill Would Establish HOPE Initiative, Heroin and OPIOD Drug Public Education

    Posted 3/8/2016

    Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Joseph Lagana, Joe Danielsen and Sheila Oliver to require the establishment of public awareness campaign to educate citizens about dangers and causes of; and appropriate responses to, heroin and opioid addiction was released by an Assembly panel on Monday.

  • Morris County students Shout Down Drugs

    Posted 3/6/2016

    Three Morris County musicians have been named finalists in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition.

  • Students Finalists in N.J. Shout Down Drugs Competition

    Posted 3/2/2016

    The initiative challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention messages. Xavier Blake's original song, "Lost and Found" was selected as the Salem County finalist from numerous entries from across the state.

  • New Jersey Shout Down Drugs! Music Competition Announces Finalists

    Posted 3/1/2016

    New Jersey Shout Down Drugs challenges high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful substance abuse prevention messages to allow teens to deliver the prevention message to each other through their favorite medium of music. County Finalists are chosen by peer judges to perform their original songs at the Annual Statewide Prevention Concert, held in May, at a state-of-the-art venue.