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  • FREE Webinar Addressing Marijuana in the Workplace

    Posted 2/1/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    It has been nearly two years since the adult use of marijuana was legalized in New Jersey. As a result, a complex set of issues has arisen from a workplace perspective for employers and businesses looking to proactively address this issue and maintain a healthy, safe, a safe and drug-free workplace.

  • New Bookshop in Trenton Serves the Recovery Community

    Posted 1/25/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s guest blogger is Harry Jackendorff from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Trenton, who has set up the 12-Steps & More Bookstore to assist individuals in learning about and engaging in addiction recovery and how to access recovery and treatment programs. In addition to books on recovery, there are also a number of books covering self-help and mental wellness.

     

    Initiatives like this are encouraging as together can we help to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder and assist those who are impacted to get valuable resources and the help they need.

  • Talking to Teens About the Dangers of Fentanyl and Opioids

    Posted 1/18/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    Fentanyl and other illegally manufactured synthetic opioids have made the danger of experimenting with drugs even more deadly than ever before.  A recent New York Times article detailed how best to talk to today’s adolescents about fentanyl and the danger relating to experimentation in a way that will resonate with them.

  • Let’s Team Up to Knock Out Opioid Abuse

    Posted 1/11/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    Winter sports season is upon us and many student athletes are hitting the slopes, playing tough defense on the hardwood, pinning opponents on the wrestling mat, strapping on skates, competing in winter track events and even striking out at their local bowling alleys. Injuries in these sports can happen, and it is vital to reach these students and educate them about the dangers of prescription opioids. 

  • Marijuana Use Increases Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

    Posted 1/4/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    A new study has revealed that several illicit drugs can increase your risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib).  These include methamphetamine, cocaine and opioids, but another drug found to increase AFib is cannabis.  Researchers found that cannabis users had a 35 percent higher risk of developing AFib, compared to people with no record of using cannabis. 

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted 12/28/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey want to wish you a safe, healthy and peaceful New Year. 

  • Warm Wishes for the Holiday Season!

    Posted 12/21/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    All of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey would like to wish you Merry Christmas and extend our warmest wishes for a peaceful and joyous holiday season! 

    Continued wishes to stay safe and well.

  • Substance Use Disorder Must Be Treated as a Medical Problem

    Posted 12/14/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week’s guest blogger is Tonia Ahern, Advocacy Coordinator at the National Center for Advocacy and Recovery for Behavioral Health (NCAAR) and Family Advocate/Government Affairs at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

     

    She shares her personal story of her son, Rory, who sadly lost his life to substance use disorder in 2021, as part of an important documentary, “Untreated & Unheard: The Addiction Crisis in America”, which documents individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder and steps we can take to help make changes.

  • PDFNJ Cited as One of the Most Trusted Sources for Opioid Education

    Posted 12/7/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent statewide survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickenson University Poll, cited the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) as one of the most trusted resources for information about opioid addiction and education, second only to their physician.

  • How Opioids Are Affecting the Workplace

    Posted 11/30/2022 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent article explained the profound effect the opioid epidemic is having on the American workforce.  Employers need to recognize this impact and develop strategies to address it.

     

    The issue itself is two-fold, as not only are Individuals suffering from opioid use disorder putting their own lives at risk and affecting the safety of other co-workers, but they have higher rates of absenteeism and reduced productivity.

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