• How You Can Help To Fight The Opioid Epidemic in 2022

    Posted 1/12/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    I wanted to share a recent Washington Post article that highlights Congressman David Trone and all of his commendable work to help prevent opioid addiction across the country.


    Congressman Trone was one of the co-sponsors of the bipartisan Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act, aimed at preventing opioid addiction based on the success of the New Jersey Patient Notification Act.

  • Guest Blog: Madison Chatham Coalition Teen Task Force Launches Alcohol Prevention Campaign in Partnership with Chatham High School

    Posted 1/5/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Teen Task Force, the youth prevention arm of the Madison Chatham Coalition, has been very busy this past month! The teens launched their first prevention initiative of the school year at Chatham High School and were able to see all of their hard work and planning come to fruition at the Homecoming Dance on Monday, November 1.


    After deciding that Homecoming was a great platform for sharing alcohol prevention messaging, the eight Teen Task Force members got to work on narrowing several options down. They discussed their ideas at weekly Task Force meetings before landing on one. The Coalition would provide a Hershey's Bar favor to students in attendance at the dance. The bars would have one of four different alcohol stats and facts. The teens wanted a few different facts in an effort to stimulate conversation amongst students. They researched four facts that they thought were the most impactful and helped to design the wrapper.

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted 12/29/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey want to wish you a safe, healthy and peaceful New Year. 


    All the best for 2022,
    Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ

  • Seasons Greetings!

    Posted 12/22/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey would like to wish you Merry Christmas and extend our warmest wishes for a peaceful and joyous holiday season! 

    Continued wishes to stay safe and well.

  • Overdose Deaths Reach An All-Time High

    Posted 12/15/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    The CDC recently reported that drug overdose deaths in the United States topped 100,000 annually for the first time during the 12-month period ending in April 2021. I read about these statistics in a New York Times article and followed up with a Letter to the Editor. While most states saw an upward trend, New Jersey was one of three states that did not.

  • Guest Blog: The Opioid Epidemic is Surging as the Pandemic Drags On

    Posted 12/8/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    I wanted to share this important article written by Elaine Pozycki, Chair of PDFNJ. She is also the founder of Prevent Opioid Abuse - a national organization working to educate patients and parents about the risks of opioid-based pain relievers and the availability of non-opioid alternatives.


    I share her sentiments about the opioid epidemic in our state. It is more important than ever that we act to help raise awareness about the dangers of opioids.


    All the best, 
    Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of PDFNJ

  • Vaping Marijuana Among Teens is at an All-Time High

    Posted 12/1/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent article shared a study finding that the number of teens in America who vape marijuana has doubled in recent years, and there is evidence that they prefer using infused oil that can deliver a much stronger high.


    Medical and adolescent mental health experts in New Jersey who reviewed the study say this trend must be combatted with a clear message, taught in school and inscribed on packaging labels, emphasizing how marijuana harms the developing brain. I strongly share this concern.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11/24/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. - John F. Kennedy

    As Thanksgiving approaches it is a perfect time to reflect on those things for which we are most grateful. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued support of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, and wish you and your loved ones a healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

  • Anchor of Hope at Pillar College

    Posted 11/17/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s guest authors are Professor Gerry Cleave and Dr. Maxine Bradshaw of Pillar Collage. They share information about the Anchor of Hope at Pillar College, a venture of Pillar College and the Anchor of Hope Alliance.

    The goal of Anchor of Hope is to assist people with substance use disorders and to stem the use of drugs, especially opioids, in Paterson, New Jersey. The vision of Prof. Cleaves & Dr. Bradshaw is that the Anchor of Hope Alliance model will be transferable to other NJ colleges and universities.

  • American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness is This Saturday

    Posted 11/10/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    This Saturday, November 13th, is the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness. A national public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and encourage safe disposal of prescription drugs through the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC).


    The AMCC 5-step challenge can help save the lives of our children.  We know that many teens who misuse opioids get them from the medicine cabinet of their friends and families so it is crucial for people to safeguard medicine within their homes.

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