• Half of Opioid Prescriptions for Young People Found to Be High Risk

    Posted 11/3/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    I recently read a study that found children and young adults who experience pain from routine dental care or oral surgery are frequently exposed to unsafe and unnecessary opioid prescriptions.


    The researchers looked at more than 4 million opioid prescriptions given to people under 21 in 2019, and nearly half of them were deemed high-risk for exceeding recommended doses or including a combination of drugs not recommend for children. It also found that the top 5 percent of prescribers accounted for 53 percent of opioid prescriptions for children and young adults overall and 53 percent of high-risk prescriptions.

  • Sixth Annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Was A Great Success

    Posted 10/27/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    As October is drawing to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the New Jersey residents, businesses, community leaders that helped the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey raise awareness and shine a light on the opioid epidemic that continues to plague our state and the nation. Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day was held October 6, and I am thrilled that many people continued to share important messages about the dangers of prescribed opioids and their link to heroin and fentanyl, not just on the Knock Out Day, but all month long.

  • PDFNJ Wins 12 NJ Ad Club Awards

    Posted 10/20/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am thrilled to report that the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) has received 12 awards at the 2021 NJ Ad Club Jersey Awards Ceremony held on September 29.  Receiving this recognition for our work is extremely significant as some other nominees and entrants are large corporations who are able to work with much larger advertising and marketing budgets.

  • A New Jersey Mother’s Personal Account of Her Son’s Battle with Substance Use Disorder

    Posted 10/13/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last week was Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day. Thousands of New Jersey residents took steps to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of opioids to their family and community.


    These efforts will continue as we observe National Medicine Abuse Month in October. This week I am sharing a piece that ran in USA Today by Tonia Ahern, a New Jersey mom. Tonia is a friend of PDFNJ and has participated in many opioid awareness activities over the years. She is an for advocate for families and individuals affected by substance use disorders. Through her story, Tonia is shining a light on the terrible disease of addiction and helping to reduce the stigma associated with it.

  • Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is Here!

    Posted 10/6/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    Today is the 6th Annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day!  I urge all of you to be take part in #KnockOutOpioidAbuseDay today and raise awareness and understanding about the link between prescribed opioids and heroin and fentanyl overdoses and deaths in our state, to reduce stigma and encourage support of those in recovery.

  • Together We Can Help #KnockOutOpioidAbuse

    Posted 9/29/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    Next Wednesday, on the designated day of October 6th, and throughout the month, I implore you to be part of the #KnockOutOpioidAbuse movement to raise the awareness and understanding of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and community of the of the link between prescribed opioids and heroin and fentanyl overdoses and deaths in our state, the need to reduce stigma and encourage support for those in recovery from substance use disorder.

  • The Dangers of Social Media for Today’s Young People

    Posted 9/22/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    Today’s youth spend a lot of time on their mobile devices communicating through social media, which can be a complex and dangerous environment if left unsupervised. Parents and caregivers need to be aware and monitor what apps their children are using and who they are communicating with.


    A recent news story explained that drug dealers are using social media, specifically Snapchat, to reach school-aged children. Snapchat is designed so that messages disappear after 24 hours, making it easier for someone to go undetected. Drug dealers are luring in young people by using a range of emojis symbolizing different types of drugs. I wanted to make you aware of what these symbols may mean and what to look out for.

  • Opioid Awareness Saves Lives

    Posted 9/15/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am pleased to report that a new study has found that guidelines released by the CDC aimed at making opioid prescribing safer may have led to shorter prescriptions with lower doses. 


    These guidelines cite that doctors and clinicians who treat acute pain should prescribe opioids at the lowest effective dose and for no longer than three to seven days. After the guidelines were released, the length of prescriptions decreased 5 percent in the first year and 10 percent in the second year. The study also found that patients who filled an opioid prescription decreased from 12 percent in 2011 to 9 percent in 2017.

  • We Will Never Forget – September 11, 2001

    Posted 9/11/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    We remember, we grieve, and we honor those who lost their lives, those who rushed to rescue, those who fought for freedom, and those who carried on.

  • Back To School For New Jersey’s School Children

    Posted 9/8/2021 by Angelo M. Valente

    We are one week into September, and, as usual, the summer months always go by too quickly.  I hope that you were able to enjoy them. This week, many of New Jersey’s children will be heading back into school.  All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey wish the children, parents and caregivers a wonderful first day and year ahead.  

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