Our mission is to transform how our nation addresses addiction by empowering families, advancing effective care, shaping public policy and changing culture.
Partnership to End Addiction is a result of the cohesive joining of two pioneering and preeminent addiction-focused organizations — Center on Addiction and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
We combine our depth of expertise with our compassion-driven, hands-on approach to deliver solutions to individuals and families and proactively take action to incite productive change.
Together, as Partnership to End Addiction, we mobilize families, policymakers, researchers and health care professionals to more effectively address addiction systemically on a national scale.
History of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)
Originally founded as The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University in 1992 by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in the Carter administration and Chief Domestic Advisor to President Johnson, the organization focused on alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and addiction, and assembled under one roof the skills needed to assess the impact of all addictive substances in all sectors of society. Today, Mr. Califano remains active with the organization and serves on its Board of Directors.
In the decades that followed its founding, the organization would distinguish itself as the preeminent leader in conducting and synthesizing research focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction.
Understanding the important role of families in preventing substance use, CASA launched Family Day in September 2001, a national movement to remind parents that frequent family dinners are an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.
Top reports and publications
In 1993, CASA released its first report, The Cost of Substance Abuse to America’s Health Care System; Report 1: Medicaid Hospital Costs, which documented Medicaid hospital spending that is attributed to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. This report was followed in 1995 by its first teen survey, titled National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse, reporting on American parental and teen attitudes about addiction and substance use.
In 2011, CASA released Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem which declared teen smoking, drinking, misusing prescription medication and using illegal substances a public health problem of epidemic proportions.
CASA’s landmark report, Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice, released in 2012, revealed that addiction treatment is largely disconnected from mainstream medical practice. It examined the science of addiction and the profound gap between what we know about the disease and how to prevent and treat it versus current health and medical practice.