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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 20 Kids are Hospitalized During a Concert for a very Preventable Reason

    Posted 8/6/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    It’s been quite a summer in our great state of New Jersey and we at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey certainly hope that you and your families are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather. But while you are taking in the sun, be sure to also take notice of what is going on with your children.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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