• Important Legislation to Curtail Teenage Vaping

    Posted 3/23/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    A key health care provision was recently passed that would finally give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate synthetic nicotine. I applaud the passage of this provision and the efforts of New Jersey Representative Frank Pallone, who has championed to clarify the FDA’s authority to regulate these products.

  • PDFNJ Reaching Student Athletes Through New Initiative

    Posted 3/16/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    I wanted to share some news about Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) latest Knock Out Opioid Abuse initiative focusing on educating student athletes of the dangers of prescription opioids. Sadly, student athletes have an elevated risk of opioid use as sports injuries send more than 2.6 million children to the emergency room every year. 

  • The Disease of Addiction Affects the Whole Family

    Posted 3/9/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Over 3,000 people died of a drug overdose in New Jersey in 2021, and vast majority involved some form of an opioid.  That is not only 3,000 deaths to many, but 3,000 families who have been affected by the opioid crisis that continues to ravage our state and the nation.

  • Raising Awareness About the Dangers of Marijuana Use Among Teens

    Posted 3/2/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    New Jersey’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana could affect how today’s youth perceive the substance. It is important that we ensure youth and their families understand the dangers that are associated with marijuana use among adolescents.   


  • We Must Raise Awareness About the Dangers of Opioids

    Posted 2/23/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    New Jersey has made great strides against the opioid epidemic, but there are still far too many residents affected by this crisis. The goal of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is to prevent opioid substance use disorder before it starts to destroy lives. That's why it's more important than ever that we raise awareness of the dangers of prescription opioids and their link to heroin and fentanyl. 

  • Controversial Opioid Pulled from the Market

    Posted 2/16/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    In 2013, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved hydrocodone-based prescription opioid,  Zohydro ER, despite the medication not having abuse-deterrent properties and an 11-2 advisory committee vote against approval. At the time, the FDA came under fire for the approval and went to great lengths to defend the prescription opioid, which is something the agency does not often do.

  • Communication is Key Component of Substance Use Prevention

    Posted 2/9/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    One of the cornerstones of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is encouraging communication among families. Our research has shown that parents who talk to their children for at least 15 minutes a day have children who are 67 percent less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. 


    The most effective way to prevent substance use disorder is to address issues before they arise. It is through that communication that parents and caregivers can create an open dialogue about substance use prevention.

  • The Opioid Epidemic Affects Us All

    Posted 2/2/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Opioid-related overdose deaths among adults 55 and older in the United States rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019. according to a new study.


    During those two decades much of the increase was driven by a rise in opioid overdose deaths among adults 55 and older across the country. Opioid overdose deaths in that age group increased from 518 in 1999 to 10,292 in 2019, a 1,886 percent increase.

  • Guest Blog: Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs Music Competition Uses Music to Inspire People

    Posted 1/25/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    Music is a powerful tool that can be used to influence, inspire and sway people. In this week’s blog, we hear from Christina Trombino, President & Founder of Love More for Julius, a non-profit organization that strives to use the healing powers of music to prevent substance use and help support those with a substance use disorder.

  • PDFNJ and NJ CARES to Launch 2022 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series

    Posted 1/19/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am excited to share with you that the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing addiction-fighting efforts across the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, will continue their collaboration on the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series in 2022.

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