• 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.

  • Use the Time at Home to Talk to Your Children About Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Misuse

    Posted 4/28/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    We have been working to ensure that all of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) events and services move online and are available virtually for those who need. Over the next several weeks, our blog will be highlighting each of our programs and how they have adapted to continue to serve the community during this difficult time.


    Although this time at home can be confusing and stressful for children, it is more important than ever to have an open line of communication with your children. Our 15 Minute Child Break program, has been made virtual and can be a vital tool in talking to your child about drug and alcohol abuse and misuse.

  • All PDFNJ Programs Are Now Virtual

    Posted 4/22/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    As we continue to meet the new demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, PDFNJ has adapted all of its programs to make them virtual. Now more than ever it is critical not to lose focus and continue the work toward prevention of substance use and abuse. All of PDFNJ's school initiatives - from the 3rd Grade Activity Book to the 15 Minute Child Break and Drugs Don't Work in NJ workplace assistance - have been adapted for you to participate in or implement for your home, school, business, or community. 

  • New Jersey’s Patient Opioid Notification Law Sees Great Results in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

    Posted 4/15/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am happy to report some good news on the fight against the opioid epidemic.  As we have discussed numerous times, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), has spearheaded and advocated for the passage of the Patient Opioid Notification Law, a New Jersey law that requires medical practitioners to discuss the addictive potential of opioid-based painkillers with their patients and caretakers, and discuss safer non-opioid pain relief alternatives.

  • Alcohol Awareness Month

    Posted 4/8/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  At the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), it is more important than ever that we continue to communicate our message to live a lifestyle free of drug, alcohol and substance abuse.


    According to data from the Nielsen Market Research Firm, national sales of alcoholic beverages spiked 55% in the week ending March 21, compared to the same time last year.  Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and it can also impair good judgement.  It is important, that we show today’s children and teens that drinking alcohol is not the answer to during difficult situations. You can use this time to talk to your kids about underage drinking, as our research has shown that talking with your kids for as little as fifteen minutes a day is great prevention about drug and alcohol abuse.

  • PDFNJ Continues to Deliver Drug-Free Messages Virtually During These Difficult Times

    Posted 3/31/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    I hope that everyone is safe and healthy this week. As with everyone throughout New Jersey, all of us at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) have had to adapt our way of communicating our messages, and deliver virtual experiences instead of in person events we had planned.  I am excited that even through these difficult times, PDFNJ has been able to reinvent our programs and adapt to make sure our important drug-free communications continue, as they are needed now more than ever.

  • We Are Here To Help

    Posted 3/24/2020 by Angelo M. Valente

    We are now in our second week of remote work here at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ).  Just like many of you, we are adjusting to life at home with our families, juggling remote work, and the other stressors we are facing in this uncertain time.


    The COVID-!9 pandemic is obviously forefront on everyone’s minds, and it is important to remember that there are many resources available to you in case you need them. I spoke with New Jersey 101.5 last week about the additional stress we are all under and how that can put people at risk for substance abuse, especially our young people.  It is important that our children feel comforted and supported during this stressful time, and that we are making sure to talk openly with them about drug and alcohol abuse during difficult times. 

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