Blog

Tag:

  • 2021 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards

    Posted 6/9/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) had the opportunity to take part in the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards virtual ceremony.  The Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards recognize excellence in government communications at all levels across the nation and is one of the most prestigious awards any communicator can receive. This year, there were 255 entries submitted in 35 categories.

  • Staying Informed - Marijuana Legalization

    Posted 6/2/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last week, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) held a virtual ceremony to recognize all of the finalists in our Fourth Grade Folder Contest and their substance use prevention artwork with to the theme “Fun Things to do Instead of Doing Drugs.” More than 1,000 students from across New Jersey entered the contest this year, and we were thrilled to be able to showcase the work of 33 finalists. The virtual ceremony, held May 12, allowed parents and family members to view pre-recorded messages from the finalists as they explained the inspiration for their artwork.

  • Happy Memorial Day

    Posted 5/26/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    As we are all getting ready to observe Memorial Day this upcoming weekend, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the sacrifice that our brave servicemen and women have made and remember the heroes who have courageously lost their lives to keep our country safe.

  • Fourth Grade Folder Contest

    Posted 5/19/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last week, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) held a virtual ceremony to recognize all of the finalists in our Fourth Grade Folder Contest and their substance use prevention artwork with to the theme “Fun Things to do Instead of Doing Drugs.” More than 1,000 students from across New Jersey entered the contest this year, and we were thrilled to be able to showcase the work of 33 finalists. The virtual ceremony, held May 12, allowed parents and family members to view pre-recorded messages from the finalists as they explained the inspiration for their artwork.

  • National Nurses Week

    Posted 5/11/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week. Nurses throughout New Jersey have always represented our state with courage and selflessness, but never more so than over the past year serving on the front lines during the pandemic, heroically caring for their fellow residents.

  • Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey Prevention Concert

    Posted 5/5/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    This Friday, May 7, 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. We are grateful to New Jersey Broadcasters Association and 95.9 FM WRAT for being the sponsors of this year’s event. This the 17th year of the competition, and we are excited to showcase these teens and their exceptional talent.

  • Doctors See Increase in Threats of Violence Over Opioid Prescriptions

    Posted 4/28/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent Associated Press article shared that doctors who try to wean patients off opioids or refuse to prescribe them are facing increased threats of violence. Almost half of pain specialists who were surveyed in 2019 by the American Academy of Pain Medicine cited opioid management as the reason they were being threatened.

  • Special Edition - State Senator Joe Vitale Voices Support for National Opioid Legislation

    Posted 4/25/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    This past week, New Jersey State Senator Joseph Vitale wrote an editorial in support of the Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act recently introduced in Congress. If passed, this act would create a grant program to incentivize states to require prescribers to discuss the addictive qualities of the drugs with patients and inform them of alternative treatment options before prescribing them for acute pain.

  • New Study on Marijuana Shows A Troubling Trend Among Teens

    Posted 4/21/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent study has found that marijuana use increased among California teens after the state legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults in 2016. With New Jersey recently passing legislation legalizing recreational cannabis, I am concerned that this will become a troubling trend among youth in New Jersey as well.

  • ONDCP Policy Statement on Priorities

    Posted 4/14/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    On April 1, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its statement of drug policy priorities for the first year of the Biden-Harris Administration. These policy priorities will hopefully save lives and address the challenges New Jersey and the rest of the country are facing due to the opioid epidemic.

Blog Updates

Enter your email address and we'll send you an email each time we post something new.