• Shining A Light on the Dangers of Fentanyl

    Posted 5/10/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    Yesterday was National Fentanyl Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the dangers of opioids and the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl, and its direct link to prescription opioids.

  • Opioids are as Deadly as a Scorpion

    Posted 5/3/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s PDFNJ newest video PSAs involved filming a live scorpion, which proved to be quite challenging. This week’s guest blogger, Collette Liantonio of Concepts TV, shares her experience working with PDFNJ and the scorpion to help us create this video.

  • Light The Night for the Shore Community

    Posted 4/26/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    I wanted to share some information about an upcoming Light the Night event being put together by Wall High School’s D.E.L.T.A Leadership Club, the high school of 2020 Shout Down Drugs Music Competition second-place winner Nicole Pinnella.

    The event, being held at Allaire Community Farm from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on May 3rd, will bring together local shore community members and surrounding Wall Township communities to honor and remember those lost to drug overdose, COVID-19 and other types of loss.

  • Knock Out Opioid Abuse Student Athlete Initiative Coming to Rutgers University

    Posted 4/19/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am excited to share that the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is bringing its Knock Out Opioid Abuse Student Athlete Initiative to Rutgers University.

    Students from across New Jersey will be coming together at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 at Jersey Mike’s Arena to hear from former Rutgers and NFL quarterback, Ray Lucas, who became dependent on prescription opioids due to injuries sustained during his playing career. Lucas has spoken about his addiction and recovery in an effort to help others who have struggled with addiction and to prevent youth athletes from going down the path to addiction.

  • Alcohol Awareness Month

    Posted 4/12/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, I encourage all parents to speak with their children about the long-term effects that alcohol can have, and why living a healthy lifestyle is important. Excessive drinking can compromise the immune system, impair good judgment and damage a developing brain.

  • Welcome Spring!

    Posted 4/5/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    This week we mark the beginning of Passover and the ushering in of Easter.  I wanted to take a moment to wish all who celebrate a happy and joyous holiday. These holidays usually come at the beginning of spring, which is a time of rebirth. I hope that this holiday time will bring renewed growth, prosperity, joy and peace for all.

  • Partnering in Prevention Recovery, Support, & Advocacy

    Posted 3/29/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    The faith-based community are great partners in prevention recovery, support, and advocacy. Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has collaborated with the faith leaders multiple times to share important lifesaving messages.

  • An Inspiring Story of Recovery & Advocacy

    Posted 3/22/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    For this week’s blog, we continue on the theme of recognizing women in recovery for Women’s History Month, this week’s guest blogger is Chekesha Kay Ellis, the Founder of Chase No More, an organization that provides direct support and community outreach to individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

  • Treating Pain Without Opioids

    Posted 3/15/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am pleased to report that Vertex, a Boston-based drug manufacturer, may offer some hope in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The company has advanced a non-addictive painkiller into late-stage trials that, if approved, could be a game-changer in treating pain.


    The medicine will block a sodium channel, which signals to the brain if something is wrong. These channels are not near the brain, where addiction can be triggered, making them a compelling substitute for opioids. Vertex plans to seek approval for the treatment of acute pain from injury or surgery, such as wisdom tooth removal.

  • An Emerging Illicit Street Drug is of Grave Concern

    Posted 3/8/2023 by Angelo M. Valente

    A recent New York Times article brought attention to a new illicit street drug using xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, that s being added to narcotics like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, and in most cases contains fentanyl. 


    In 2022, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) highlighted the emergence of this drug trend, known as tranq, in an interview with 101.5 FM. 

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