Vivitrol has been approved for the treatment of opioid dependence, a potentially positive development for families with a young adult dealing with an addiction to prescription pain medications or heroin.
After 24 years, I have decided the time is right for me to leave the Partnership. My departure is set for March 31st, but I will continue to serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors and organization through the next several months. I’ll always be a friend and supporter of the Partnership’s life-changing and life-saving work.
Earlier this week, President Obama proposed initiatives that would address prescription (Rx) drug abuse in the United States. With overdose deaths involving opioid prescription pain relievers deemed an “epidemic,” we applaud the President’s proposal.
Love it or hate it – advertising works. Proof comes in the form of the annual $70 billion U.S. advertising industry. Everything from potato chips to cell phones to banking and even cancer care is bolstered by a healthy marketing budget. The truth is that we are all influenced by advertising. Even when we don’t […]
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e are heartbroken by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a reported overdose of heroin. An actor of immense talent, a father to three young children and only 46 years old, he was also one of us, a New Yorker. We saw him in our neighborhoods and sat beside him in restaurants. He, like […]
Survey: Mixed News on Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens and Young Adults Use Remains at Levels The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Calls an “Epidemic” NEW YORK, N.Y. September 4, 2013 – Mixed news from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]
Today, the Department of Justice issued updated guidance to federal prosecutors and law enforcement in light of state ballot initiatives in Washington and Colorado that legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. Based on assurances that those states will effectively impose an appropriately strict regulatory system, the Department is deferring its right […]
Attorney General Eric Holder today announced a new Justice Department policy to charge non-violent drug offenders in such a manner as to not trigger severe mandatory minimum sentences that are contributing to our nation’s growing prison population. The Partnership at Drugfree.org applauds these new recommendations. We believe they will bolster judicial flexibility, while promoting treatment […]
We are saddened by the tragic, early death of “Glee” star Cory Monteith due to an overdose of heroin and alcohol. We hope that parents take this teachable moment and talk with their kids early and often about substance abuse, whether that be about prescription drug misuse, drinking or other illicit drugs. After news of […]
Lance Armstrong has finally acknowledged what so many suspected for so long. After countless adamant denials, he admitted to doping and to using performance-enhancing substances (PES) during the span of his cycling career in an interview with Oprah Winfrey this week. He has already been stripped of all of his Tour De France wins and […]
Statement of Steve Pasierb, President New York, NY – The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study (MTF) – a highly respected annual survey on teen drug abuse tracking 47,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders – shows an increasing teen involvement with marijuana, particularly in daily use. Additionally, synthetic marijuana, widely known as K2 or […]