• 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.

  • Conference to Highlight Risks of Opioid Misuse Among Youth Athletes

    Posted 3/13/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Sports can serve an important role in a child’s development. In addition to providing healthy forms of exercise, athletics foster friendships and camaraderie, promote sportsmanship and fair play, and instill the value of competition.


    However, sports may also lead to injury and, in rare cases, result in pain that is severe or long-lasting enough to require a prescription opioid painkiller. Studies have found that youth who participate in athletics may be at a greater risk to engage in nonmedical prescription opioid use because of greater risk of injury or because of a greater opportunity to receive diverted opioid medications from teammates. A recent national study found that youth who participated in high-injury sports, such as football and wrestling, were at greater risk to misuse prescription pain medications.

  • High School Students Use their Voices to Sing & Promote Prevention - Your Song! Your Voice!

    Posted 3/6/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs high school music and songwriting competition is back for its 20th year!  The deadline is March 24th. Teenagers who are into making music won’t want to miss this opportunity to have their songs heard by tens of thousands of people and promote their music during the online voting at Winners of the competition sign an actual music contract with PDFNJ that requires them to perform several times throughout the state after the competition. The deadline to submit your original music is March 24th.

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