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  • International Overdose Awareness Day

    Posted 8/31/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. A day to honor the lives lost to overdose and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder. It is important to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones without shame and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

    Additionally, this weekend we will celebrate Labor Day, a well-deserved tribute to focus on our well-being and a respite from the work week.

  • Raising Awareness About the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

    Posted 8/24/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    E-cigarettes have been in the news lately as the Food and Drug Administration issued an order banning Juul from selling its e-cigarette products in the United States. This ban was quickly appealed and the FDA ruled to temporarily allow Juul to continue to selling vaping products while a review is completed.

  • King’s Crusade

    Posted 8/17/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s blogger is Sue Harrison, Co-Founder of King’s Crusade, a non-profit organization that aims to save lives and spare families the pain that addiction can bring through awareness and education. Below, Sue shares the story of her brother’s battle with substance use disorder and how she continues to honor his legacy by helping others.

  • Join Us for the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Training Webinar

    Posted 8/10/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    The seventh annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is coming up on October 6! The statewide initiative is organized 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.

  • Together We Can End The Opioid Crisis

    Posted 8/3/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    In this week’s blog, we complete the theme of sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by substance use disorder with a personal story from Elaine Pozycki, Chairperson of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ).

  • The Disease of Addiction Affects Us All

    Posted 7/27/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    We continue this month’s theme of sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by substance use disorder. The story below is from Mariel, who is an inspirational example of someone who is in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and an advocate in raising awareness and helping to destigmatize the disease of addiction.

  • Let's End the Stigma Associated with Substance Use Disorder

    Posted 7/20/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    As mentioned in last week, we are dedicating the blog to sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by substance use disorder. The stories are from those who have struggled themselves, as well as those who had loved ones or family members affected by addiction. The story below from Nicola explains her journey and why she wanted to share her story with us.

  • Sharing Experiences to Help Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Opioids

    Posted 7/13/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    For the next 4 weeks we are going to dedicate the blog to sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by substance use disorder. The stories are from those who have struggled themselves, as well as those who had loved ones or family members affected by addiction, including the story below from Katie, who shares her heartache over the loss of her sister.

  • Imagine There’s No Stigma

    Posted 7/6/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s guest blogger is Celina Levy, Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  She shares her poignant insights with us about the stigma that is often associated with substance use disorder and how it affects those who struggle, their family members and friends. 

  • Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!

    Posted 6/29/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    This weekend we celebrate the Fourth of July. I hope that you are able to enjoy with family and friends.  

     

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey would like to thank our partners in the prevention, treatment, law enforcement, and medical communities for their focus on breaking the cycle of dependency.

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