• "Sing, sing a song" - A Call for Entries for New Jersey Shouts Down Drugs

    Posted 1/7/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    “Sing, sing a song. Sing out loud, sing out strong.

  • Bringing in 2015 on a Positive Note

    Posted 12/31/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    I’ve heard it often said that starting out the New Year on a positive note will lead to good luck and prosperity. Last week, I was pleased to share with you some good news to celebrate this holiday season regarding the largely positive results of the 2014 Monitoring the Future Study.

  • Some Good News for this Holiday Season...

    Posted 12/25/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Too often, we find ourselves over the course of the year reporting a lot of bad news. Prescription drug and heroin abuse continues to dominate the headlines in New Jersey and sadly, we are still losing loved ones to this devastating epidemic.

  • "Life After You, What Your Death from Drugs Leaves Behind"

    Posted 12/17/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Below are the words of Linda Lajterman, a mother who suffered an unspeakable tragedy but is using her experience to make sure it never happens to anyone else. We've featured Ms.

  • Removing the Stigma of Addiction

    Posted 12/10/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    On the heels of our last Do No Harm event we had at the Newark Museum for the faith-based community, the notion of recovery and the community’s role in this development has been on my mind. One of the speakers who came to our event, NJ Recovery Advocate, Patrick Roff, also spoke about his own recovery and the mindset of a person who is entering into treatment.

  • Prescription Drug Abuse: Why only policies will not stop this epidemic

    Posted 12/3/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The below article was published on by Dr.

  • A Little Something to Be Thankful For...

    Posted 11/26/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    First, let me begin this week’s edition of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Blog by wishing all of our regular readers and subscribers a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families are going to be sitting down to dinner together to reflect on what they are most thankful for.

  • Do No Harm: A symposium for Faith-Based Community Leaders

    Posted 11/12/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last October, PDFNJ embarked on a journey to find solutions to the prescription drug abuse problem with the medical community, law enforcement, and prevention and treatment professionals. Five events later, the Do No Harm symposium has enjoyed a very successful run across the state, engaging more than 1,000 New Jersey medical professionals on this issue.

  • A Day of Rx Abuse Awareness

    Posted 11/5/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    This Saturday marks the 5th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness for Prescription Drug Abuse. Every second Saturday in November, we set aside some time to evaluate our medicine chests and rid them of our unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs.

  • A Safer Alternative to Opiate Prescriptions?

    Posted 10/22/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A new study released by the National Safety Council has confirmed that over-the-counter pain medications are more effective at relieving pain symptoms than their opioid counterparts. This is a fantastic development in New Jersey’s continuous struggle against the prescription drug abuse issue that has plagued our nation for many years and confirms what Partnership Co-Chair Elaine Pozycki suspected in her editorial a few months back.

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