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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A 5 Minute Message that Every Parent Must Read

    Posted 4/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The rising number of overdose deaths in Bergen County made news last week but all too often we only see numbers instead of the people they represent. On March 21, Linda Lajterman posted this moving letter to her Facebook account in response to her son's passing.

  • Teachers and their role in keeping your kids drug-free

    Posted 2/26/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance NJAHPERD conference about substance abuse and kids. The audience was mainly made up of physical education teachers who deal with students on a daily basis.

  • Legalization doesn't mean it's safe

    Posted 2/19/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    And so it begins. The talk of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey.

  • 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Drug-Free 2014

    Posted 1/1/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Happy New Year to all of our friends and partners! The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is now entering its 22nd year of media innovation in the battle against substance abuse in our state.

  • Jada Pinkett-Smith Reveals Something All Parents Should Know

    Posted 9/25/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last week, Jada Pinkett-Smith, extremely successful actress and wife of Will Smith, wrote a very poignant post on Facebook upon turning 42. She talks a bit about her life to this point, commenting on a series of addictions she’s had to push through.

  • 6 Drug Trends You Need to be Aware Of

    Posted 9/18/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    I will say one thing about the substance abuse prevention field: it’s never boring. The ways people will try to get high never cease to amaze me with the sheer recklessness of their actions.

  • 5 Family Things to Do in New Jersey

    Posted 7/17/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    This New Jersey summer is in full swing and businesses and communities up and down the coast are proving they are stronger than the storm that struck last October. It’s a great time to take some time off of work and take the family to see what our great state has to offer.

  • Rihanna, Marijuana, and Role Models

    Posted 7/3/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    Kids are heavily influenced by the singers and actors they love. I don’t think that comes as a shock to anyone.

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