Helping parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children
Key Facts About Us • Founded in 1986 as private not-for-profit with seed money from American Association of Advertising Agencies (formerly: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America) • Award-winning anti-drug media campaigns • Staffed by passionate marketing, public relations, public health and policy, education, publishing and advertising professionals • Collaboration with parents and scientists to translate latest research on teen addiction into helpful resources and tools. We provide answers and support to parents of teens.
Behind our New Name: • We PARTNER with PARENTS, media, scientists, other nonprofits, corporations, and institutions • You can find us at: DRUGFREE.ORG
Who We Serve and Why We Serve Parents because they care about the health and well-being of their children and are looking for help We unite parents online with: Support, Tools, Resources, Answers
The Need 35 million familieswith children ages 9-17 need help with drug/alcohol prevention (Source: US Census 2000) Nearly two million people with a drug/alcohol problem are between the ages of 12-17 (Source: NSDUH 2009) 90% of 12-17 year olds are NOT getting the HELP they need (Source: NSDUH 2008)
The Need 90% of all adults with drug or alcohol problems started using before the age of 18, and half before 15 • Average age of first use is 14 years old • Every day over 4,000teens 12-17 try an illicit drug for the first time Source: 2011 Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey, 2008 SAMHSA, 2007 Dennis
Tools and resources to help parents and caregivers when they want to know how to: preventtheir child from getting involved with drugs and alcohol take actionwhen they think or know their child is using drugs or drinking get the right helpfor a child who has a problem with drugs or alcohol supporta child who is in treatment for substance abuse or in recovery from addiction
Why PARENTS? Kids who learn about the risks of drugs at home are significantly less likely to use than those who don’t (PATS 2010) They can help their child avoid getting involved in drugs/alcohol 2 million teens need treatment, most don’t get it They can help their child get help if they need it 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study; NSDUH, 2009
Our resources are based on: The real-life experiences of parents who have been there The latest and best research in collaboration with the Treatment Research Institute and our Science Advisory Board The communications expertise of our staff, working with expert media and creative contributors
The Partnership at Drugfree.org Online Resources We meet the needs of parents where they are, and where their child is, on the continuum from prevention to treatmentand recovery PlayHealthy! Add Time to Get Help
Community Education Programs Parents360 Youth360 (wreckED) Meth360 Latino360 (A través del Cristal Meth) Padres360 Play Healthy
Our resources are effective • “I am a mother just recently entering this difficult path. My husband and I are lost when it comes to dealing effectively and rapidly. Thank you for all the info you provide for people like us.” • A post on the “Intervene” blog • “How can we protect our children? There are no guarantees and no silver-bullet answers. But the Partnership gives us a community to share our experiences and hard-earned knowledge, and together, we can improve the odds. For ourselves and our children.” • David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy” • “I finally knew drugs were an issue when I found Chesare’s hose clamp…. A light went on, and I thought, ‘What’s going on?’ So I Googled “hose clamp” and went to the website of the Partnership at drugfree.org and learned it was a tool to crush Oxycontin.” • Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, in People Magazine • “The Partnership’s PACT 360 program is extremely informative and covers all aspects of drug use and abuse. It delivers comprehensive information about every side of the issue, and quite honestly, I wish this program were mandatory everywhere. It could quite possibly save lives, and our goal is to have it reach enough people to make a significant impact.” • Sgt. Jim Cox, Fairfax County (VA) Police Dept.
Our Goal Inspire and equip parents and caregivers to take action by learning more at drugfree.org
Other ways you can get involved • Visit www.drugfree.org • Sign-up for news/info • Follow us on Facebook • Follow us on Twitter
Together we can make a difference YOU can help us reach parents…so that they can prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children
Drug use is a PREVENTABLE behavior and Drug addiction is a TREATABLE disease