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We’ve been at work on the issue of substance use and addiction for 30 years, and amid a new opiate epidemic, the Partnership continues to lead with solutions. We’re dismantling the stigma of addiction, walking the halls of Congress to advocate for full funding of the new Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and working with healthcare providers to promote better prescriber education and with patients to “Mind Their Meds.”
Families are at the center of our work, and we’re committed to helping those struggling with a son or daughter’s substance use, providing information, support and guidance. As we look ahead to our next 30 years, we’re not just helping parents address difficult questions, we’re helping families find answers.
Nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by abusing prescription (Rx) drugs. To help parents understand this transition from Rx painkiller abuse to heroin, we developed an interactive infographic. Follow one teen’s journey, hear stories from families who have been down this road and find the tools to take action.
The Partnership and our volunteer families participated in an advocacy day with key members of the House and Senate to garner support for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524/H.R.953) (CARA), legislation that would increase addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services. Our petition with nearly 5,000 signatures was hand-delivered to Members of Congress.
President Obama announced a full-scale, head-on effort to combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic facing the nation. We played an integral role in White House plans, particularly with the launch of a new Safe Disposal Guide for communities nationwide.
Naloxone is a life-saving antidote used to combat an opioid or heroin overdose. Working with our parent volunteers, we offered free Naloxone training and kits to families in Morris County, New Jersey – just one example of our on-the-ground work to support families impacted by addiction.
With the changing landscape around marijuana in our country, it’s more important than ever for parents to protect their kids’ health and development. Our informative Marijuana Talk Kit helps parents face this increasingly challenging topic with their teens and equips them with the tools needed to have productive conversations with their kids.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning teens may be twice as likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. We partnered with the Human RIghts Campaign Foundation to create an issue brief to help parents, educators and other youth-serving professional understand the unique challenges (such as bullying and family rejection) that contribute to their elevated rates of substance abuse and to help provide needed support.
So many of the parents we help have found us in the same way: They did a Google search. They may have typed in “I think my son is using drugs.” Others may have entered “teen drug use.” But whatever the vocabulary or verbiage, thanks to Google, families in need are finding answers and guidance from us because of increased visibility within search results. In fact, since 2014, we have had a 109% increase in web sessions originating from a Google search. Google also supports us through community events and screenings, particularly around our new documentary BREAKING POINTS, which explores the stress and pressure teens feel every day, and the unhealthy ways they cope, including the misuse and abuse of prescription stimulants. Our work truly isn’t possible without corporate citizens like Google.
We value the support and generosity of our funders and spend dollars prudently, with 98 percent of our spending going directly to programs. We leverage an $7.2mm operating budget into $84mm of contributed services, media time and space that allow us to reach millions of families.
Each year, our Board of Directors reviews program metrics and assesses our effectiveness in achieving our mission. In 2015, more than 3.3 million families and individuals found the answers they needed to address teen substance use. Our parent support specialists have answered hundreds of calls to our Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE), offering guidance and helpful resources to families in need.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids adheres to best practices of charity management and fundraising standards and consistently receives high marks from charity-monitoring and watchdog agencies, such as the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator. Our volunteer board of directors is engaged and independent, providing leadership and oversight over operations and staff.
The independent accounting firm KPMG LLP conducts an annual review of our financial statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. A copy of audited statements and annual 990 tax returns, prepared by Grant Thornton LLP, can be accessed in the links below.
2015: Annual Report | Audited Financial Statements | Form 990 | Donors & Funders
2014: Annual Report | Audited Financial Statements | Form 990 | Donors & Funders
2013: Annual Report | Audited Financial Statements | Form 990 | Donors & Funders