Meet the Drug-free Task Force!
The Drug-Free Task Force is a work group within the Partnership for Health in Hunterdon County, NJ. The goal of the Drug-Free Task Force is to reduce underage drinking and substance use within Hunterdon County. We work with our community to help young people make positive and healthy choices. If you would like to be part of the innovative work with the Drug-Free Task Force contact Wendy Sidebottom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners of the 2020 CADCA Chairman’s Award!
Join us for National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Drug-Free Task Force Coalition members will be joining the Clinton Township Police Department at North Hunterdon High School and the Readington Township Police Department at Pickell Park for this event on August 2nd.
Out in the Community in 2021
2022 Initiatives & Activities
Starting in May 2022, the Drug-Free Task Force along with Prevention Resources, Positive YOUth, Safe Communities Coalition and Harvest Family Success Center joined forces with the Flemington Food Pantry and America’s Grow-A-Row in their Family Meals initiative. They provide recipes and ingredients for families and encourage preparing and eating together as a family. This is a great time to have family discussions about important topics including substances use, mental health, among others. We created “conversation cards” for families to use to start the conversation about these topics. May’s topic was about mental health. Resources like the HELP App were included on the card. Cards were written in English on one side and in Spanish on the other. Participants who complete a survey can win a ShopRite gift card. For more information about the conversation cards, contact Wendy. Learn more about the Flemington Area Food Pantry and America’s Grow A Row.
On September 21, 2021 from 10:00am-2:00pm the Drug-Free Task Force will be partnering with One Voice for their annual summit “Prevention Through the Lens of Faith”. Topics include “Faith as the Lens to Prevent Substance Misuse”, “Empowering Language to De-Stigmatize Addiction”, “Marijuana Legislation”, yoga and medication and opioids. Please join us for this free and informative event, register here- https://www.onevoicehc.com/summit2021
While schools transitioned to all virtual learning and the State of New Jersey was on a stay at home order, the Drug-Free Task Force launched the Love My Lungs Initiative. Nearly 200 high school and middle school students took the pledge that they would not vape or smoke. Love My Lungs was created with the goal of connecting to middle and high school students in Hunterdon County and encouraging them to make positive choices. After taking the pledge, they received follow-up messaging reminding them of the dangers of vaping or smoking. To reward students for their positive choice, they were entered to win Amazon gifts cards, and one student won pair of Apple AirPods. This spring ,the Drug-Free Task Force will re-launch the initiative with the goal of educating more students about the dangers of vaping and smoking.