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  • Narcan in Monmouth County: Two dozen lives saved and counting...

    Posted 8/13/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    I come to you in this week’s edition of the PDFNJ Blog with excellent news! The Narcan initiative that was piloted in Ocean and Monmouth County last year has been so successful, that Governor Christie expanded the program to all 21 counties.

  • Narcan made available in Ocean County

    Posted 7/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Narcan program, which was introduced in Monmouth and Ocean County to put the lifesaving antidote in the hands of law enforcement and first responders, has been a great tool against opioid abuse. It has been so successful that Governor Christie plans to expand the program to all 21 New Jersey counties.

  • One Year Ago This Week...

    Posted 6/18/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since the launching of the PDFNJ blog. Or should I say the award-winning PDFNJ blog thanks to our recent accomplishments at the New Jersey Ad Club Annual Awards dinner two weeks ago?

  • New Jersey #3 in the Country for Heroin Abuse

    Posted 5/29/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last week, for the 10th year in a row, we gathered together some of the best young, musical talent in the state of New Jersey for a night of powerful prevention messages. When I think about some of the great songs that have been shared through our Shout Down Drugs competition, it's encouraging to know that there are concerned young people out there willing to use their talents to make a difference.

  • Narcan saving lives in Ocean County

    Posted 5/14/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If there any doubters out there that Narcan is a vital lifesaving tool for our first responders in ending the opioid epidemic gripping our state, then please consider this recent article from ABC 7. Thanks to Ocean and Monmouth Countys’ new pilot program, allowing for police officers and EMS personnel to carry Narcan, an antidote designed to reverse the effects of heroin overdose, 6 lives have already been saved this year.

  • What is the number one reason for accidental deaths in New Jersey?

    Posted 4/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If you are still having trouble believing that our state is currently dealing with a substance abuse issue at an epidemic level, then consider this article from NJ.com.

  • Report: Heroin deaths on the rise in Bergen County

    Posted 3/26/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Much of the narrative surrounding New Jersey’s growing heroin problem has centered on Ocean County. And understandably so.

  • "It's a time to confront our demons...Our state needs an intervention"

    Posted 3/19/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    “Our state needs an intervention,” says a new report from the governor’s task force on heroin and opioid abuse. These are the stark words from a publication that was released yesterday by the Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

  • US Attorney General calls heroin abuse a "public health crisis"

    Posted 3/12/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    This past Monday, US Attorney Eric Holder released a statement about heroin and opioid abuse, calling it “an urgent – and growing – public health crisis”. The US Attorney said that heroin overdose deaths have increased a staggering 45% between 2006 and 2010.

  • Last year was devastating...this year could be worse.

    Posted 3/5/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    We talked a lot last year about the amount of overdose deaths in Ocean County 112 in 2013 . As a result, a massive spotlight has been shown on the issue, revealing heroin as a drug that no longer just exists in inner cities.

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