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  • New regulations to help curb prescription drug abuse nationwide

    Posted 9/10/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am pleased to report that on Monday, the federal government opened up a new front in the struggle against opiate abuse. According to The Washington Post, hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical facilities will be allow to collect unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs.

  • NJ.com Opinion: Require prescription drug monitoring in New Jersey

    Posted 9/3/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Early last month, PDFNJ board members, Steven and Elaine Pozycki, released an editorial on NJ.com, talking about the need to require prescription drug monitoring in New Jersey.

  • The Year of "Next Steps"

    Posted 8/27/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    2014 has truly been a year of “next steps”. Our state has identified a problem and taken the appropriate next steps to solve the issue.

  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids CEO Responds to the New York Times

    Posted 8/20/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The New York Times made headlines not to long ago by coming out in favor of marijuana legalization. Our national partners at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids issued the following statement as a response to this article and as a message to parents everywhere.

  • Kids and Positive Messages

    Posted 7/16/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A few weeks ago, we wrapped filming for the Middle School PSA Challenge, one of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s many school based programs. Every year, we ask for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to write scripts for 30 second public service announcements encouraging their peers to say no to drugs.

  • 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.

  • Do No Harm: A symposium to discuss ways to end prescription drug abuse

    Posted 6/4/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    We’re less than a week away from the launching of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Do No Harm symposium series. The pilot program, which was held at Hackensack University Medical Center back in October 2013, was a rousing success and was attended by medical professionals, local, state, and local law enforcement, and prevention and treatment professionals to discuss possible solutions to the opioid epidemic gripping our state.

  • Parents need to be informed

    Posted 5/7/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Later tonight, we will be partnering with our friends from The Bridge in West Caldwell to host an important event educating parents about the opioid abuse issue gripping our state. It’s sure to be a great and informative night for families in the area and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

  • Study says that marijuana use affects the brain

    Posted 4/30/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    With the ever changing landscape of the marijuana legalization debate and new stories being published on a daily basis, this statement bears repeating: studies show that even casual marijuana use causes changes to the brain. According to a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA , casual marijuana users show abnormalities in the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, two regions of the brain associated with emotion and motivation.

  • Glow Parties and why parents should be concerned

    Posted 4/16/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    There’s the old saying about how good guys finish last. Thankfully it’s only a saying.

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