Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are you a nonprofit or a government agency? Back to top^
The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. We are not part of any government agency.
Are you funded by the alcohol and tobacco companies? Back to top^
The Partnership at Drugfree.org accepts no funding nor in-kind services from alcohol or tobacco companies.
Do you receive support from pharmaceutical companies? Back to top^
As part of The Medicine Abuse Project, our multi-year national action campaign to prevent 500,000 teens from abusing medicine within five years, The Partnership at Drugfree.org 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 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 The Partnership at Drugfree.org 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.
Does The Partnership at Drugfree.org support prescription drug monitoring programs? Back to top^
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 DC, 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 MedicineAbuseProject.org.
What is The Partnership at Drugfree.org position on the need for education for doctors who prescribe scheduled prescription medication for their patients? Back to top^
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 relation to the Drug Free America Foundation? Back to top^
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.
Doesn’t the Partnership at Drugfree.org receive millions of dollars each year from the Office of National Drug Control Policy? Back to top^
No. The Partnership at Drugfree.org helped secure Congressional support for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (NYADMC) in 1998, and worked on the Campaign — on an unpaid, unreimbursed basis — between 1998 and 2008. Our contribution to that effort, in terms of staff time, travel expenses, value of advertising content and waived talent payments has exceeded $60 million dollars. Since July 2009, we have been reimbursed for actual costs of travel and staff time related to the NYADMC — a total of $80,360 in 2009.
What is your position on legalization of marijuana? Back to top^
Legalization of marijuana does not change the reality that use of marijuana, alcohol or any drug in adolescence poses risks to childhood brain development and significantly increases the likelihood of progression to addiction.
What legalization may well increase is the availability of marijuana to teens – and the kind of aggressive marketing to underage users that alcohol and tobacco companies have consistently engaged in – to the clear detriment of young people’s health and well-being.
In the interest of protecting kids, and based on the perspective of parents, we believe that adding marijuana to the menu of legally available substances and marketed products will make it more likely that kids will use it. The need for education, prevention and guidance toward effective treatment increases dramatically with legalized marijuana. Our role in motivating and equipping parents to prevent or get help with a child’s involvement with drugs does not diminish, but instead becomes all the more important.
From this perspective, The Partnership at Drugfree.org does not support legalized and marketed marijuana.
What is your position on medicalization of marijuana? Back to top^
The Partnership at Drugfree.org is 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.
Why did you change your name? Back to top^
In talking and engaging with parents — on our website, at our community education trainings and via our grassroots partners and parent advisors — we know they are looking for help. And parents are finding the help they need through our programs and at drugfree.org.
With these insights, we changed our name, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, and also changed our mission: to help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. Our new name and mission offer us a greater relevancy and engagement among parents and caregivers. And, with the debut and expansion of our programs and resources, we have evolved to a place where we can uniquely be a trusted partner to all parents, whether they’re focused on prevention, stopping a child’s drug or alcohol use, finding treatment or supporting a child in recovery.
How can I get involved and begin making a difference? Back to top^
There are many ways to give and get involved, such as hosting grassroots events in your community and sharing The Partnership at Drugfree.org banner on your blog or website. For more information, visit Give & Get Involved >
How can I request The Partnership at Drugfree.org brochures? Back to top^
To request The Partnership at Drugfree.org brochures please contact SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1 (877) 726-4727.
How can I donate to your organization? Back to top^
Thanks to your support The Partnership at Drugfree.org is able to work toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help further the organization’s important work, please visit the Donate page or contact us at (212) 973-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you accept volunteers? Back to top^
The Partnership at Drugfree.org 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? Back to top^
How do I create a local office of The Partnership at Drugfree.org within my state? Back to top^
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How do I request permission to use The Partnership at Drugfree.org content (including PSAs, website content, logos and such) for a book, textbook, film, television program, website, personal use or elsewhere? Back to top^
To include any content from The Partnership at Drugfree.org within a book, textbook, film, television program, website, personal use or elsewhere, please e-mail your request to email@example.com with your full name, address, phone and e-mail along with the intended use and information about the purpose of your permission request.
Were you formerly The Partnership for a Drug-Free America? Back to top^
Yes, we changed our name to The Partnership at Drugfree.org in 2010. In the course of our 26-year history, our mission has also evolved, moving from prevention to also focus on intervention, treatment and recovery, and direct services like our Parents Toll-Free Helpline, our Community Education programs and digital resources. We are working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse.
Did you acquire the news service Join Together? Back to top^
On April 4, 2011, Join Together became part of The Partnership at Drugfree.org 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 and have been integrated into the deep intervention and treatment resources found at drugfree.org. To learn more and subscribe to the daily or weekly editions, visit Join Together online.