On behalf of The Partnership at Drugfree.org family, thank you for being a part of our Winter Wish Gala. I want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the thousands of volunteers, supporters and friends who make our life-changing work possible – allowing us to reach out and truly help children and families, whether online, by phone or in diverse communities across the nation.
Day in and day out, the parent support specialists on our Parents Toll-Free Helpline guide parents on how to intervene in teen drug and alcohol abuse and help them set on the path to finding addiction treatment for their child or loved one. At the same time, our community education team brings to life The Partnership’s research-based, prevention and education programs that create real change at the local level. All the while, our national communications campaigns and digital resources leverage the latest science on addiction to reach millions with the tools and resources they need to protect their family’s health.
Though we have made great progress there is still much work to be done. For example, 2012 saw the landmark launch of The Medicine Abuse Project, an expansive national action campaign rallying parents, grandparents, educators, health care providers, federal agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, major trade associations, health nonprofits, communities and law enforcement to collectively help end teen medicine abuse. One in six American teens has intentionally abused a prescription drug to get high or change their mood. Medicine abuse is fueling the explosion in accidental drug overdose deaths. That’s why over the next five years we are aiming to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine.
We are deeply grateful for your kindness as we can only achieve lasting progress through the actions of dedicated professionals, tireless volunteers, role models and supporters like you. Let’s keep changing lives and saving lives together.
President and CEO
The Partnership at Drugfree.org