In the News

  • Pharmacies, police accepting unwanted prescriptions today

    Posted 9/27/2014 enforcement agencies and pharmacies across the county are participating in Operation Take Back New Jersey, a DEA-sponsored initiative in which households between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturday, Sept. 27, can dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications in a very anonymous manner. Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.

  • Symposium on opiate addiction planned for Wednesday in New Brunswick

    Posted 9/26/2014

    NEW BRUNSWICK —The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host a symposium Wednesday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on combating opiate addiction.

  • Wayne Cabot Interviews Angelo M. Valente on WCBS 880 AM

    Posted 9/24/2014

    Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, appeared with WCBS Afternoon Round-Up host, Wayne Cabot. Valente spoke about the heroin epidemic and the importance of early intervention.

  • N.J. legislature tackles addiction: List of bills included in major package

    Posted 9/17/2014

    The bills will be announced at a news conference in Trenton at noon. Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), who helped begin assembling the bill package in 2013, said he hopes the legislative action will bring about meaningful change and help shape the conversation about addiction moving forward in New Jersey as one about a public health crisis rather than a law enforcement problem.

  • Prescription Drug Deaths Keep Rising: CDC

    Posted 9/16/2014

    Deaths from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2011, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • DEA warns of high purity heroin in N.J.

    Posted 9/14/2014

    New Jersey has some of the purest heroin in the United States, recent Drug Enforcement Administration lab tests revealed.

  • PRO-ACT Recovery Walks 2014

    Posted 9/4/2014

    On Saturday, September 20, celebrate recovery, at this year's PRO-ACT Recovery Walks 2014 event, in Philadelphia. Thanks to funding from the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA), the New Jersey Prevention Network has coordinated 9 statewide locations to provide FREE round-trip bus transportation for this year's walk.

  • PDFNJ & Farleigh Dickinson University Study Featured in Sevierville, TN Mountain Press Newspaper

    Posted 9/3/2014

    A six-year study released in 2013 from The Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey showed "when a student was randomly drug tested, those students were much less likely to abuse and to experiment with drugs throughout their highs school careers," according to Angelo Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership.

  • 4 Middlesex County Hospitals Come Together to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

    Posted 9/3/2014

    NEW BRUNSWICK – Physicians in Middlesex and neighboring counties will have the opportunity to learn more about the prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic in New Jersey and have the ability to discuss solutions.

  • Prosecutor and Partnership recognized for drug abuse campaign

    Posted 8/28/2014

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – An award winning campaign aimed at educating young people and parents about the dangers of heroin has earned the county prosecutor and the Partnership for a Drug-free New Jersey statewide recognition by the National Association of Government Communicators.