• Step 5 of 5: Talk to your kids

    Posted 12/4/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    We now come to the end of our five week journey through the American Medicine Chest Challenge 5 Steps. We learned a lot along the way about prescription drug abuse and safe storage and disposal of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medication.

  • PDFNJ targets new potential victims of alcohol abuse

    Posted 11/28/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    MILLBURN – The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has announced today that they will be designing a series of public service campaigns to address a new constituency that have been placed in a situation that encourages alcohol abuse. Based on a story from the Associated Press, vulnerable turkeys in New Hampshire are being force fed beer as a flavor enhancer, without concern of potential consequences associated with binge drinking.

  • Step 4 of 5: Take your medicine as prescribed & don't share

    Posted 11/27/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    Tomorrow, as families throughout the country gather to share a meal of Thanksgiving, it is very appropriate that today’s blog be dedicated to Step 4 of the American Medicine Chest Challenge 5 Steps, which is to take your medicine as prescribed and don’t share your medicine with others. There are three main reasons why sharing prescriptions could be problematic.

  • Step 3 of 5: Dispose of your prescription drugs

    Posted 11/20/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    We are more than halfway through our five-week journey through the American Medicine Chest Challenge 5 Steps. This week, we will talk about Step 3, which is to dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicine at an American Medicine Chest Challenge site.

  • Step 2 of 5: Secure your Medicine Chest

    Posted 11/13/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    The American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness was met with great success last Saturday. We couldn’t be happier with the response we received, but it’s important to remember that the National Day of Awareness is merely the conversation starter.

  • Step 1 of 5: Take Inventory

    Posted 11/6/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    The American Medicine Chest Challenge’s National Day of Awareness is this Saturday, November 9. Communities all over the United States will be disposing of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications in an effort to stop prescription drug abuse once and for all.

  • You could be a drug dealer and not even know it

    Posted 10/30/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    Over the past four years the American Medicine Chest Challenge has become the largest non-governmental public health response to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. And, today that response continued as we gathered with law enforcement and the medical community at the Do No Harm symposium – a meeting to discuss solutions to the epidemic of prescription frug abuse.

  • Hurricane Sandy: One Year Retrospective

    Posted 10/23/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged our state, leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days and even worse, too many were left homeless. This is a storm that affected almost all of us in New Jersey in some way.

  • Guest Blogger: The deadly hold of prescription drug abuse

    Posted 10/16/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    The following is an editorial written Steve and Elaine Pozycki, who serve on the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's Board of Trustees. The editorial appeared in The Star Ledger and NJ.

  • New Jersey Ranks #11 in Fewest Overdose Deaths

    Posted 10/9/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    Congratulations fellow New Jerseyians! According to a new report Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic , we have the 11th lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the entire United States.

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