• A New Synthetic Opioid Causing Major Concern

    Posted 7/8/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    The opioid epidemic continues to rage throughout the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Isotonitazene (ISO), a new synthetic opioid more powerful than fentanyl, may be contributing to the addiction crisis and causing increasing overdose deaths in the United States. According to a new report, ISO is causing approximately 40-50 overdose deaths a month in 2020, compared with about six per month last summer.

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Posted 7/1/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    This weekend will usher in the Fourth of July.  We celebrate the birth of our nation and recognize the sacrifices our forefathers made to give us the freedom that makes our country so great.


    This 4th will be like no other that we have celebrated.  We hope that you will take time to celebrate this special day with family in and friends in a fun and festive manner as we continue to practice safe social distancing measures.

  • Dual-Prescribing of Naloxone and Opioid Prescriptions Is Critical During the Pandemic

    Posted 6/24/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    Last month, New Jersey Attorney General Grewal announced that New Jersey physicians, dentists and other healthcare practitioners who prescribe opioids for the management of chronic pain must also prescribe the opioid antidote naloxone to certain at-risk patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) recognizes and appreciates this important decision. Co-prescribing these prescriptions will give individuals and their families access to the life-saving antidote to reverse an opioid overdose. 

  • Family Time is a Vital Way to Keep the Lines of Communication Open

    Posted 6/17/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. For families, especially fathers, who are not able to be home as often, the COVID-19 pandemic may have presented an opportunity to spend additional time together. As a father of one college-aged daughter as well as two in high school, I have been grateful for the unexpected extra time spent with them. A recent Harvard study has found that 70 percent of fathers said they are feeling closer to their kids during the pandemic, and more than half said their children are opening up and sharing more about their feelings with them.

  • FED UP!

    Posted 6/10/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    One year ago, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced a lawsuit against the Sackler Family, founders of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.  Through the litigation and the proposed settlements Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in September.  Those who believe they or a family member has just cause to file a claim against Purdue Pharma can do so before July 30.


    This week’s guest blogger, Emily Walden, Chair at FED UP!, provides important information on how a family can join the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. She is urging anyone to file a claim if they believe they have just cause. See her blog below to find more information.

  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Posted 6/3/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    I want to start this week’s blog by taking a moment to recognize the grief, sadness and anger that so many are feeling. The words of Dr. King “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” resonate with me and the PDFNJ team as we continue to move forward to create and be part of an inclusive world free of injustice.

  • Drugs Don't Work Webinar to Address Workplace Legal Issues

    Posted 5/27/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    I hope that everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend.  It’s hard to believe that we are entering into the last week of May. At the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), we are continuing our virtual programing with our free Statewide Webinar on Legal Issues for a Drug-Free Workplace from 1 – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. This webinar comes at a good time for employers as New Jersey begins to reopen businesses.

  • PDFNJ Continues Virtual Programming with Upcoming Webinars

    Posted 5/19/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    As we head into Memorial Day, I want to wish you all a safe and healthy weekend. I hope that everyone will have the opportunity to get some fresh air, of course while practicing safe social distancing.  The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) continues to provide virtual programing and communicate important substance use prevention messages and educate our children to lead healthy and drug-free lifestyles.

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  • PDFNJ’s Fourth Grade Folder Contest Virtual Ceremony Honors Winners and all Participants

    Posted 5/13/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    Yesterday the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) held a virtual ceremony to recognize all of the finalists in our Fourth Grade Folder Contest and their anti-drug artwork relating to the theme “Fun Things to do Instead of Doing Drugs”.  More than 3,400 students from across New Jersey entered the contest this year, and we are thrilled to be able to showcase the 28 finalists through a Zoom presentation for parents and family members to view all of the artwork along with a pre-recorded message from the finalists about the inspiration for their artwork. The presentation is available to view on PDFNJ’s website for everyone to see the kids great work.

  • PDFNJ Virtual Programs are a Great Resource for Teachers and Parents

    Posted 5/5/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    Governor Murphy announced that all New Jersey schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.  The announcement comes at the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is a fitting time to recognize how hard all of our teachers have been working to adapt to the virtual teaching they have been doing for the last two months, and will be continuing for the remainder of the year.


    At the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), we also have adapted our programs to be made available virtually and continue to communicate important substance use prevention messages to educate today’s youth to lead a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.  Our school-based programs are a great tool for educators to supplement their curriculum or an additional resource to offer parents as well.

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