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  • Webinar to Address Health Disparities and Discrimination in Opioid Treatment

    Posted 6/16/2024

    MILLBURN – The sixth webinar in the 2024 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series will focus on the impact of racial discrimination and disparities within the opioid crisis. This educational event, a collaboration of the PDFNJ, the Office of Alternative and Community Responses (OACR), and the Opioid Education Foundation of America (OEFA), is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

  • nj1015.com - NJ launches new effort to protect you from impaired drivers

    Posted 6/14/2024

    PDFNJ partnered with state agencies on a new initiative that uses pharmacy bags to convey the message that prescription medications can be as dangerous as alcohol when driving.

  • PDFNJ & PSEG Foundation Bring Substance Use Prevention Efforts to the Classroom

    Posted 6/12/2024

    OLD BRIDGE, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the PSEG Foundation delivered the annual Third Grade Life Choices Coloring and Activity Book to students at Alan B. Shepard Jr. Elementary School in Old Bridge on Tuesday morning.

  • NJ to Take on Impaired Driving Through Pharmacy Initiative

    Posted 6/11/2024

    STRATFORD— A coordinated effort by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS), the Office of Alternative and Community Responses (OACR), and the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) will aim to increase awareness of the side effects of prescription medication and reduce instances of impaired driving in New Jersey.

  • Webinar to Present Pain Management Alternatives to Opioids

    Posted 5/22/2024

    MILLBURN ¬– Medical professionals will focus on alternative pain management techniques that do not involve opioids in the fifth webinar in the 2024 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series. The series is a collaboration of PDFNJ, the Office of Alternative and Community Responses (OACR) and the Opioid Education Foundation of America (OEFA).

  • PDFNJ’s Angel of Hope Gala Celebrates 30 Years of Collaboration

    Posted 5/17/2024

    MILLBURN, NJ —The United States has observed a decline in overdose fatalities, especially from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, according to preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics. NJ is also in line with this national trend, with state police and the Department of Health confirming a decrease in suspected overdose deaths from 3,054 in 2022 to 2,564 in 2023. This marks the third consecutive year of declining overdose deaths in the state.

  • thesandpaper.net - Barnegat Senior Wins ‘Shout Down Drugs’ Competition

    Posted 5/15/2024

    Barnegat High School senior Jordon Ford won first place in PDFNJ's Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs competition.

  • my9nj.com - Substance abuse in the Garden State [VIDEO]

    Posted 5/13/2024

    WWOR-TV/My9 will be honored at PDFNJ's 30th Angel of Hope Gala on May 15 at the Liberty House in Jersey City. They will receive the Angel of Hope Award for their efforts in raising awareness about the opioid crisis.

  • Essex County Students Emerge as Champions in PDFNJ's Fourth Grade Folder Contest

    Posted 5/10/2024

    MILLBURN, NJ— Adam Idrovo from Good Shepherd Academy in Nutley and Emily Ortiz from Lafayette Street School in Newark emerged as winners of PDFNJ's 2023-2024 Fourth Grade Folder Contest. Drawing entries from thousands of fourth graders throughout the state, the competition celebrated young students' creativity in promoting healthy, drug-free lifestyles through their artwork. The winners and the other finalists were honored at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 9.

  • Hoboken Resident Ties for Third in Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs Competition

    Posted 5/10/2024

    HOBOKEN, NJ— Mikayla Monclova, a Grade 12 student at Hoboken Charter, tied for third place in the 20th Annual Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs competition, hosted by PDFNJ.