• Happy Memorial Day

    Posted 5/22/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Memorial Day is this coming Monday. I want to take a moment and honor those who have served or are actively serving our country today. We celebrate this long weekend because of the commitment to liberty & democracy made possible by the sacrifices of our armed services.


    May their bravery forever be remembered.

  • Sharing Insight at the National Rx and Illicit Drug Summit

    Posted 5/15/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    At the National Rx and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta, which took place April 1-4, we shared and gained insights on combating the opioid crisis. This event drew a diverse group of attendees from across the country and underlined the value of collaboration in addressing this complex issue.

  • Tune In to PDFNJ’s 2024 Prevention Concert

    Posted 5/8/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Today is the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Prevention Concert for the Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey music competition. The competition is designed to challenge New Jersey high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful peer-to-peer substance use prevention messages.

  • New Poll on Safe Rx Disposal

    Posted 5/1/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    The latest findings from the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll reveal significant progress in our collective understanding of how to store and dispose of medications, including opioids, properly. The data shows that 42% of New Jerseyans report being very familiar with these crucial guidelines, and an additional 32% are somewhat familiar. This awareness is critical for preventing medication misuse and ensuring the safety of our communities.

  • Supporting the Alternatives to PAIN Act

    Posted 4/24/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    The opioid crisis has engulfed our nation, and the need for progressive and humane healthcare policies has never been more imperative. In this recent editorial, “Why We Need the Alternatives to PAIN Act,” published by, I explain why this proposed legislation is a critical step forward in this regard.

  • Challenging the FDA’s Approval of AVERT-D

    Posted 4/17/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    As many of you know, The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey makes a concerted effort to collaborate on the local, state, and federal level, as well as with other organizations, to alleviate and prevent further harm caused by the opioid epidemic.


    Over the last decade we have also been working with the Opioid Education Foundation of America to assist in their mission to educate all Americans on the addictive qualities of opioids and on the availability of non-opioid pain relief alternatives. The foundation hosted a webinar which featured Dr. Andrew Kolodny, MD, Medical Director of Opioid Policy Research, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandies University.

  • Providing Comprehensive Care for Adults with Special Needs

    Posted 4/10/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent blog addressed the need for adolescent treatment for substance use. This NJ Spotlight  article offers a look at several programs in our state that are serving adults with special needs, including the Rowan-Virtual Regional Integrated Special Needs Center in Sewell, the Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth and the recent effort underway by the state for a new service program known as START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment), a mobile crisis prevention and response program.

  • Time to Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

    Posted 4/3/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    As the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27th, I wanted to remind you to take stock of your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of any unused or expired medication. 

  • Celebrating Recovery as Part of Alcohol Awareness Month

    Posted 3/27/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    When one considers the overall impact on health, family dynamics, academics and employment, the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol remains a major issue that still merits our full attention. As we approach Alcohol Awareness Month in April, I encourage all of you to address the harmful effects of alcohol in your community.

  • Guest Blog: Finding Treatment for a Teenager – A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

    Posted 3/20/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Today, we are very pleased to have a guest blog from Jim Curtin, Chief Business Administrator and Government Relations Officer for Acenda Integrated Health. For many years Jim and his team did an outstanding job providing life-saving treatment for thousands of teens at Daytop New Jersey.

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