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.

Does the Partnership support Good Samaritan laws? Back to top^

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 the Partnership’s views on naloxone? Should it be widely available? Back to top^

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 about 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.

Does the Partnership support medication assisted treatment? Back to top^

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. This allows the person to focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle.

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 in 1998 and worked on the Campaign as a pro-bono partner. In 2013, after Congress eliminated funding for the program, The Partnership at Drugfree.org took over the management of the Campaign and is raising private funds to sustain it.

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 position on legalization of marijuana? Back to top^

The Partnership at Drugfree.org 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 (including Colorado and Washington State) 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? 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.

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 janine_serio@drugfree.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^

You can learn about our Community Education programs by vising PACT360.org, or contact one of our Alliances to see if they may be able to participate.

How do I create a local office of The Partnership at Drugfree.org within my state? Back to top^

Please check our Alliances page to see if your state already has one. If not, please contact The Partnership at Drugfree.org Director of Field Operations at teri_christensen@drugfree.org for information on how to start a local alliance in your city or state.

How can I stay informed about the latest news and trends about substance abuse? Back to top^

Sign up for The Partnership at Drugfree.org eNewsletters and visit us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest drug and alcohol news, helpful tools, tips and guidance for raising healthy kids.

Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Back to top^

Yes! Connect with us on the official The Partnership at Drugfree.org Facebook page and Twitter page.

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 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.

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.