Lunch-n-Learn at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

On May 3, our friends at the The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) invited Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, to speak to staff about our organization’s evolution beyond prevention and media messages into a comprehensive, research-based national resource for parents.

Steve took the CASA staff through our operating model of understanding the wants and needs of parents, drawing on the latest scientific research and then developing clear, actionable tools and resources that adults can put to use in their own families. He explained our approach to serving each individual “parent need state,” from prevention information on how to talk with their children; helping parents with a child who has begun to experiment with drugs or alcohol; equipping parents who need to intervene and finding appropriate assessments and addiction treatment for a child in trouble; and helping families who strive to support a loved one in recovery.

In addition to reviewing a number of tools, blogs and online communities found at drugfree.org, Steve described our growing Community Education Program which helps address local issues around the nation and discussed the range of strategic partners who have joined our efforts in making an impact with our combined work for parents and teens.

On behalf of everyone at The Partnership at Drugfree.org, our Parents Advisory Board, our Scientific Advisory Board and our volunteers across America, we thank the leadership and staff of CASA for this opportunity to share our work and insight.

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