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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.

  • 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.

  • Report: Rising number of "drugged drivers" on the roads

    Posted 7/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that larger number people are “driving drugged”, meaning they are operating motor vehicles under the influence of prescription drugs. According to this recent post in the Join Together blog, drivers aged 50 and up are involved in prescription drug related traffic accidents.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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