The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. We are not part of any government agency.
Yes, we changed our name to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in 2014.
Where does the Partnership receive its funding?
We receive our funding from corporations, government grants, individuals and foundations. More information can be found in our Annual Report. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids accepts no funding or in-kind services from alcohol or tobacco companies.
Do you receive money from the Office of National Drug Control Policy?
No. The Partnership helped secure Congressional support for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign in 1998 and worked on the Campaign as a pro-bono partner. In 2013, after Congress eliminated funding for the program, we took over the management of the Campaign and are raising private funds to sustain it.
Do you receive support from pharmaceutical companies?
As part of The Medicine Abuse Project,our multi-year national action campaign to prevent 500,000 teens from abusing medicine by 2017, the Partnership works with numerous nonprofit and association partners and funders to educate parents and the public at large about what they can do to prevent teen abuse of medicine. These partners include the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as well as a number of pharmaceutical companies concerned about the misuse and abuse of over-the-counter cough medicine and prescription drugs. These funders provide us with unrestricted educational grants for research on prescription drug abuse, for web-based educational modules and for community education programs delivered at the grassroots level.
What is your relation to the Drug Free America Foundation?
There is no relation. Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a drug prevention and policy organization based in Florida. Their site can be found at http://www.dfaf.org.
What is your relation to the news service Join Together?
On April 2011, Join Together became part of the Partnership through collaboration with the Boston University School of Public Health. Join Together continues to deliver current substance abuse and addiction news, research and resources for prevention and treatment professionals, policy makers, community leaders, public officials, teachers, parents and families. Its highly utilized resources, alcoholscreening.org and drugscreening.org, remain stand-alone websites. To learn more and subscribe to the daily or weekly editions, visit Join Together online.
Do you support prescription drug monitoring programs?
Yes. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PMPs) are an important component in addressing the medicine abuse epidemic. We support the position of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy on the need for PMPs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with those programs interconnected to be able to share data, thereby providing a more effective means of combating drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide. We also believe that states need to do more to ensure that these programs are adequately funded and that medical groups should do more to encourage prescribers to use them. To learn more about the epidemic of medicine abuse and how you can help, visit drugfree.org/medicineabuseproject.
Do you support Good Samaritan laws?
Yes. Accidental drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Some of these deaths could be prevented if the patient received medical care in a timely manner. The Partnership supports policies like Good Samaritan laws which encourage people to call 911 when someone is overdosing. We encourage every state to enact legislation which provides limited legal immunity for minor drug law violations for those who call for help as well as the person who is overdosing.
What are your views on naloxone? Should it be widely available?
Yes. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, acts to displace opioids from receptors in the brain and allows slowed breathing to resume. A dose of Naloxone can reverse the effects of heroin or prescription opiates and can save the life of an individual who is overdosing on one of these substances. We believe that all first responders should carry Naloxone and be trained on how to use it. We also support efforts to make naloxone more widely available in the community in order to prevent as many overdoses as possible.
Do you support medication-assisted treatment?
Yes. Medication-assisted treatment is the use of medication, along with therapy and other supports within evidence-based treatment, to help address issues related to opioid dependence, including withdrawal, cravings and relapse prevention. Medication-assisted treatment can help a person stop thinking constantly about the problem drug, and help reduce cravings and withdrawal.
What is your position on the need for education for doctors who prescribe scheduled prescription medication for their patients?
Our view is that medical schools do not adequately educate doctors about pain or addiction. Action, via an education requirement, needs to be taken to help physicians understand how to adequately prescribe medication for those in need, yet turn away doctor shoppers seeking to abuse pain medication. What’s more, because 70 percent of those who abuse prescription pain medications report obtaining these drugs from friends or family, it is crucial that health professionals prescribe appropriately.
What is your position on legalization of marijuana?
The Partnership is deeply concerned about legalization of marijuana because of the risks that marijuana poses to children’s health and development. The two states that have legalized marijuana are now grappling with regulation that protects and educates children from the genuine risks that marijuana poses to their healthy development, as well as parameters that are able to withstand future legal challenges.
Most social and behavioral scientists expect that legalization will result in greater accessibility of marijuana to tweens and young teens, and the track record on legal alcohol and tobacco shows that manufacturers and distributors will be aggressive in their efforts to enlist young consumers in the lifelong use of habit-forming substances.
As independent research fielded in March 2013 has shown, parents nationwide are supportive of medicalization (roughly 70 percent of parents) and – to a lesser extent – of decriminalization (50 percent) and legalization (40 percent). But overwhelmingly (more than 90 percent), parents support strict constraints on the sale of marijuana (opposing availability in convenience stores, for example) and bans on all forms of advertising.
What is your position on medicalization of marijuana?
We are compassionate toward those who are struggling with serious illness, and we know that some have reported finding relief from smoked marijuana. We know marijuana can be harmful, especially to kids whose brains are still developing, and we believe that medicine should be researched, reviewed and approved through the FDA process, not referendum.
How can I get involved and begin making a difference?
Anyone can make a difference! There are many ways to give and get involved, such as a making a donation to our organization, hosting a grassroots event, advocating for our issue, attending an event and joining our community where you can support others and share your Story of Hope — and read about even more ways here!
How can I request brochures?
To request brochures, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Health Information Network at 1 (877) 726-4727.
How can I donate to your organization?
If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help further our work, please visit the Donate page or contact us at (212) 973-3554.
Do you accept volunteers?
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has an Alliance network with local offices throughout the country where there may be volunteer opportunities. Please check the Alliances page for contact information.
Can you send a speaker to my school/organization for a presentation?
You can contact one of our Alliances to see if they may be able to participate.
How do I create a local office of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids within my state?
Please check our Alliances page to see if your state already has one. If not, please contact the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Director of Field Operations (email@example.com) for information on how to start a local alliance in your city or state.
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How do I request permission to use the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids content for a book, textbook, film, television program, website, personal use or elsewhere?
To include any content from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids within a book, textbook, film, television program, website, personal use or elsewhere, please e-mail your request to Claire_Kelly@drugfree.org with your full name, address, phone and e-mail along with the intended use and information about the purpose of your permission request.
For media inquiries please contact 212-973-3524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Parents Toll-Free Helpline
To speak to one of our parent support specialists about your teen’s drug use or drinking, please call us today at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).
If you are interested in making a donation, please visit the Donate page or contact us at 212-973-3554.
If you would like to help us raise funds for our programs to help kids stay healthy and drug free, there are a lot of fun ways to do it. Consider hosting or participating in events such as walks and runs, bicycle rides, silent auctions, musical performances or even car washes. We can help you get started. Contact our Special Events Associate at 212-973-3504 to get started.
For General Inquiries
Our National Office mailing address is:
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
352 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010