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  • 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.

  • We Must Send a Unified Message About the Dangers of Adolescent Marijuana Use

    Posted 6/22/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Marijuana use among adolescents has increased in states in which adult recreational use of marijuana has become legal. A recent study looked at teens in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine and found a connection between legalized adult use and a surge in marijuana use among teens.

     

    The legalization of recreational marijuana could affect how today’s youth perceive the substance. As we are now a few months into New Jersey’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, it is important to ensure that today’s youth and their families understand the dangers of marijuana use among adolescents.

  • PDFNJ’s Webinars Are a Valuable Resource

    Posted 6/15/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series webinars have been a tremendous success, providing continued learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering this virtual format has enabled many more participants to gain much needed education and resources about the dangers of opioids. The series has become a valuable resource for New Jersey resident with thousands participating to date. 

  • A Substance Use & Mental Health Crisis is Unfolding Across New Jersey & the Country

    Posted 6/8/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent study has revealed that alcohol abuse skyrocketed during the pandemic and alcohol-related deaths increased by 25 percent from 2019 to 2020, jumping from 78,927 deaths to 99,017. Alcohol-related deaths had been rising in recent years but this large jump is a troubling sign of the effects of a mental health and substance use crisis that is unfolding as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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