Research & Publications

The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) is the longest-running national research study of parent and teen behaviors and attitudes about drug and alcohol use in the United States. This critical research is our unique contribution to the field of substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.

For over two decades, the valuable insights gleaned from this annual survey, that tracks the elaborate and complex consumer attitudes about substance abuse, have helped us develop our research-based communication campaigns and educational programs.

PATS not only serves as a beacon for parents and caregivers, alerting them to new trends in teen substance abuse, but also keeps them informed about what drugs pose a threat to their kids and families.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org also publishes Research Briefs for funders, alliance partners and media professionals highlighting key research findings about alcohol and other drugs.

Full Report and Key Findings: The 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, Sponsored by MetLife Foundation

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After a decade of consistent declines in teen drug abuse, the 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America® and MetLife Foundation points to marked upswings in use of drugs that teens are likely …

Full Report and Key Findings: PATS Parents 2008, Sponsored by MetLife Foundation

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The Partnership for a Drug-Free America today announced the findings from the 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, (PATS) which revealed a strong increase in parental awareness of the dangers of one of the most troubling and persistent trends in teen …

Full Report and Key Findings: PATS Teens 2008, Sponsored by MetLife Foundation

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The Partnership for a Drug-Free America today announced the findings from the 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, (PATS) which revealed the first major increase in the number of teens who reported “learning a lot” about the risks of drugs from …

Full Report: PATS Teens 2007

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The Partnership for a Drug-Free America® today announced new findings from the 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study showing that as kids transition into teendom, their parents’ need for useful information and help talking about drugs and alcohol peaks. At the very same time, …

Full Report: PATS Parents 2007

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 The early teen years are not only a turbulent time for kids themselves, but also usher in a period of increased insecurity and need among parents when it comes to preventing teen drug and alcohol use, according to the 20th …

Full Report and Key Findings: PATS Parents 2006

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At a time when teens are faced with new threats from the intentional abuse of medicines, the number of frequent discussions between parents and teens about the risks of drug abuse has decreased significantly, according to the 2006 Partnership Attitude Tracking …

Full Report and Key Findings: PATS Teens 2005

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Alarming statistics from the Partnership’s 2005 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study confirms that intentionally abusing prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to get high are now entrenched behaviors in today’s teen population. To read the full press release, click here. Download …

Full Report and Key Findings: PATS Parents 2005

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For the second year in a row, the 2005 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study reveals alarming statistics that reflect the entrenchment of intentional abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to get high by today’s teen population. Download PDF: Key …

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