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PDFNJ’s Shout Down Drugs Program Recognized with National Award

June 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2018

Contact: Matt Birchenough, Media Coordinator, 201-916-1032, media@drugfreenj.org

PDFNJ’s Shout Down Drugs Program Recognized with National Award

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) earned national acclaim for its New Jersey Shout Down Drugs high school music competition last week at the National Association of Government Communicators’ (NAGC) 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards.

At the awards ceremony held in Cape Coral, Fla., the NAGC presented PDFNJ with an Award of Excellence in the K-12 Educational Programs category for Shout Down Drugs, which encourages high school students from throughout New Jersey to create and perform original songs with a peer-to-peer substance use prevention message.

“The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is honored to receive this prestigious award from the National Association of Government Communicators,” said PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente. “For 14 years, New Jersey Shout Down Drugs has made a positive impact on New Jersey high school students and has challenged some of the state’s most talented musicians to use their abilities to spread positive messages on living a healthy and substance-free lifestyle.”

Winners of the Shout Down Drugs competition perform at events statewide throughout the following year to help continue spreading their positive messages. For more information on the program, visit www.shoutdowndrugs.com.

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Best known for its statewide substance use prevention advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $100 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered 173 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional and statewide media organizations.

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