• Religious Leaders to Unite for Morristown Faith-Based Do No Harm Symposium

    Posted 9/9/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    Stemming the tide of the opiate abuse epidemic cannot be done without all members of the community. The National Prevention Strategy calls on community, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations to support the implementation and enforcement of alcohol and drug control policies. Next week, on September 16th, PDFNJ and the DEA-NJ are hosting a symposium to empower the faith based leaders in our state with information and education on preventing opiate abuse.

  • Poll: Support for Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Falling

    Posted 9/2/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    The conversation about marijuana is not one that is going away. An important factor in that dialogue is the effect marijuana is having on residents in states, such as Colorado, that have legalized its use. Below is a link to information on the findings of a SAM study that found support falling for marijuana where it is legal – an important component to the discussion.

  • Mandating Prescription Drug Monitoring (NJPMP) in New Jersey

    Posted 8/26/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    Recently, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation on July 20, 2015 that expands the New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP), an online database that tracks the prescription sale of drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances (CDS).Once this mandate is effective in NJ, the expected results should help curb the epidemic of opiate abuse as demonstrated by the researchers at Johns Hopkins (with funding by the Public Health Law Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

  • Grandparents Caring for their Grandchildren

    Posted 8/19/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    As the opiate abuse epidemic our country faces continues to rise, individuals suffering from drug abuse are losing sight of important priorities in their lives. Daily, grandparents whose children are suffering from addiction are finding themselves becoming the primary provider for their grandchildren and diving head first into a life they never thought would be theirs.

  • Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs New Jersey Online Family Fishing Tournament

    Posted 8/12/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    With warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, there are dozens of opportunities to enjoy the summer weather with your family. The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is encouraging that quality family time is spent with the first Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs New Jersey Online Family Fishing Tournament.

  • - Obituaries Shed Euphemisms to Chronicle Toll of Heroin

    Posted 8/5/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    As heroin abuse soars in New Jersey, several family members and friends of those suffering from addiction are unleashing the gut-wrenching truth behind the struggle their loved ones endured. With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifying prescription drug abuse as an epidemic, the necessity for proper education being provided to physicians regarding safer prescribing as well as to parents for proper medication disposal is at it’s vital peak. The following article from New York Times puts into clarity the importance of sharing a family member’s struggle with addiction in an attempt to save someone else and to raise consciousness on the prevalent substance and opiate abuse problem many across the country face.

  • Over-Prescribing Prescription Painkillers Fuels Rise in Heroin Use

    Posted 7/29/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    Below is an editorial by Steve and Elaine Pozycki. They are Board members of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey with Elaine serving as Co-Chair. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Centers from Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) July report documents a disturbing increase in heroin use. The use of this highly addictive and dangerous drug is now expanding to all demographic groups. In fact, the most rapid expansion of heroin use and addiction is now occurring among segments of the population that up until recently were not as impacted: women, and people with higher incomes.

  • New Jersey just took a big step in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse this week

    Posted 7/22/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    Governor Chris Christie signed legislation, July 20, 2015, that expands the New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP), an online database that tracks the prescription sale of drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The bill, S-1998, expands existing law by requiring that prescribers and pharmacists register for NJPMP access, and requiring that physicians consult the NJPMP.

  • Heroin Overdoses Surge According to CDC and Rx Abuse to Blame

    Posted 7/15/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    Heroin overdoses are on the rise across the country, and New Jersey is not immune. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The report found that the strongest risk factor for heroin use is prescription opioid abuse and that the greatest increases in heroin abuse have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women, people with private insurance and higher incomes. Click the link to read this startling and important information.

  • Many Primary Care Doctors Lack Understanding of Opioid Abuse

    Posted 7/8/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    As NJ’s legislature considers a bill that would require prescribers to have a discussion with their patients about the potential for dependency with certain opiates, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recent study demonstrates that many primary care physicians have a misconception about opioid abuse. Almost half of internists, family physicians and general practitioners incorrectly believe that abuse-deterrent pills are less addictive than standard opioid painkillers, according to the survey. The following story below was recently published in the Clinical Journal of Pain was featured in Join Together. If you are not yet subscribed to our weekly blog on trending topics in substance abuse prevention, please take a moment to register at

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