In the News

  • Doctors Hearof Horrors of Epidemic of Prescription Drug Addiction

    Posted 10/31/2013

    Assistant state medical examiner reports more than 700 deaths yearly due to misuse of medicines

  • Rx Drug Disposal Event

    Posted 10/29/2013

    The Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset County is urging residents to take the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) on Saturday, Nov. 9.

  • F.D.A. Shift on Painkillers Was Years in the Making

    Posted 10/28/2013

    The story behind the F.D.A.’s turnaround on the pain pills, last Thursday, involved a rare victory by lawmakers from states hard hit by prescription drug abuse over well-financed lobbyists for business and patient groups, one that came during a continuing public health crisis.

  • F.D.A. Seeks Tighter Control on Prescriptions for Class of Painkillers

    Posted 10/24/2013

    The Food and Drug Administration has recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers.

  • National and State Leaders to Discuss Solution to Rx Epidemic at HUMC

    Posted 10/22/2013

    HACKENSACK--- Physicians from across New Jersey will gather with national and state leaders at Hackensack University Medical Center to discuss solutions to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Do No Harm Symposium.

  • Brielle Students Win Statewide Middle School PSA Scriptwriting Contest

    Posted 10/22/2013

    (BRIELLE)- Emily Brzozowski, Audrey Mannion, and Caroline Savage, 8th grade students at Brielle Elementary School, were selected as statewide winners in PDFNJ’s Annual Middle School PSA Announcement Challenge. They students competed against over 500 of their peers from every part of NJ to create the most creative and powerful substance abuse prevention television commercial script.

  • The deadly hold of prescription drug abuse: Opinion

    Posted 10/11/2013

    One in six American teenagers have used a Rx drug to get high. Over the period of a month, roughly 7 million Americans use Rx drugs for nonmedical reasons. Drugs are now the No. 1 accidental killer in the United States, with the vast majority of deaths caused by Rx drugs. There is now one death every 24 minutes.

  • 2014 NJSDD Music Competition Underway

    Posted 10/9/2013

    Hey, New Jersey High School students! Is music your life? Do you know how drugs destroy lives? If you've got a positive message about staying away from drugs and alcohol, let the whole state hear your voice and enter the next New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition, sponsored by Comcast/NBC Universal.

  • PDFNJ Ex. Dir, Angelo Valente, Appears on the Caucus: New Jersey Panel with Steve Adubato

    Posted 10/7/2013

    Angelo Valente appeared on the Caucus: New Jersey panel with Steve Adubato discussing Rx drug abuse and what parents can do about it. Tune in to learn about this epidemic gripping New Jersey and the rest of the country.

  • DrugFree.Org: One-Fifth of High School Seniors Report Recent Binge Drinking

    Posted 9/17/2013

    A new study of high school seniors finds 20 percent say they have engaged in binge drinking—having five or more drinks on one occasion—in the last two weeks. Ten percent say they have had 10 or more drinks on one occasion, known as extreme binge drinking, and 5.6 percent had consumed at least 15 drinks.