MILLBURN, NJ - The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) will host its fourth annual 'Don't Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament', an online photo contest which asks families to spend some quality time fishing and then submit their photos for a chance to win a share of $600 in cash prizes.

The competition -- which will be held from July 27 to August 5 -- encourages families to enjoy a day of fishing which, importantly, also provides family members an opportunity to talk with each other more about their daily activities. Summer provides many such opportunities for families to create lasting memories that help to strengthen relationships between children and parents and guardians.

Research from the PDFNJ indicates that children who communicate regularly with their parents about daily activities are 67 percent less likely to be involved in substance use than children who have little or no communication.

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“The Don't Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament is a great opportunity for families to bond and have fun together,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “Spending more time with family is the best way to prevent children from using alcohol and other substances and help them continue living drug-free."

To participate in the contest, entrants must be:

  • 18 years old or younger
  • New Jersey residents
  • Accompanied by a parent or guardian while fishing.

Contest participants are directed to snap a photo of their family enjoying a fishing trip and post it with the hashtag #drugfreenj on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The photo must include the youth participant and a parent or guardian.

Winners will be selected at random on August 7 and will receive cash prizes.

Participants can follow PDFNJ on Facebook (@PartnershipForADrugFreeNewJersey), Twitter (@drugfreeNJ) and Instagram (@drugfreenj) to see contest submissions. 

For more information, visit drugfreenj.org.