• NJ High School Students Shine in Shout Down Drugs Music Competition

    Posted 7/17/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    High school students from all over New Jersey showcased their musical talents in the 20th Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs competition. This competition aims to promote a drug-free lifestyle through the power of music.

  • Young Artists from Essex County Shine in Statewide Drug-Free Artwork Contest

    Posted 7/10/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Adam Idrovo from Nutley's Good Shepherd Academy and Emily Ortiz from Newark's Lafayette Street School won the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's 2023-2024 Fourth Grade Folder Contest. This highly annual event, which attracts entries from thousands of fourth graders statewide, encourages young artists to use their creativity to advocate for healthy, drug-free lifestyles through their artwork. The winners and finalists were celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony on May 9.

  • Have a Safe & Happy Fourth of July!

    Posted 7/3/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Tomorrow we celebrate the Fourth of July. I hope that you are able to enjoy with family and friends.  


    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey would like to thank our partners in the prevention, treatment, law enforcement, and medical communities for their focus on breaking the cycle of dependency.

  • New Jersey Leads the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

    Posted 6/26/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    New Jersey legislators and Gov. Murphy deserve recognition for passing a 'no supplantation' law, ensuring opioid settlement funds are dedicated solely to education, prevention, treatment, family support, and harm reduction. This commitment safeguards these vital resources from being diverted elsewhere.

  • GUEST BLOG: Making Safe Driving a Priority Throughout the Summer

    Posted 6/19/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    As summer has begun, I fully encourage you to schedule the time to relax with family and friends and take advantage of all that New Jersey has to offer. With that in mind, it’s important to remain safe on the roads as more people are driving throughout the state. 

  • Guest Blog: Overdose Deaths in Older New Jersey Adults

    Posted 6/12/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am pleased to introduce a guest blog written by Dr. Donna M. Lisi, Clinical Pharmacist. who writes about an often over looked population being affected by the opioid crisis; older adults. Donna offers special insight, as in addition to her training as a pharmacist, she also is the chair of Somerset County’s Local Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and is a member of the Franklin Township Municipal Alliance. 

  • Encouraging Awareness and Action: PDFNJ Responds to The New York Times

    Posted 6/5/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    In a recent letter to the editor that appeared in The New York Times in response to its article "Has Fentanyl Peaked?", I joined other readers in discussing the hopeful trends we are seeing in drug overdose deaths, most of which are due to opioids. For the third year in a row, the number of deaths has dropped nationwide and in New Jersey.

  • Educating Adults About Edible Marijuana

    Posted 5/29/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Unfortunately, as more dispensaries open throughout New Jersey and more sales of edible marijuana take place, there is also the misinformation and a lack of education on the potential harmful effects of marijuana use, including the belief that use of edible products is always safer than smoking marijuana. This article, “Are Edibles Safer Than Smoking,” demonstrates that consumers of marijuana products have to understand the health risks involved in using either of the products.

  • Happy Memorial Day

    Posted 5/22/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    Memorial Day is this coming Monday. I want to take a moment and honor those who have served or are actively serving our country today. We celebrate this long weekend because of the commitment to liberty & democracy made possible by the sacrifices of our armed services.


    May their bravery forever be remembered.

  • Sharing Insight at the National Rx and Illicit Drug Summit

    Posted 5/15/2024 by Angelo M. Valente

    At the National Rx and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta, which took place April 1-4, we shared and gained insights on combating the opioid crisis. This event drew a diverse group of attendees from across the country and underlined the value of collaboration in addressing this complex issue.

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