Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction Announce Merger

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Together, as Center on Addiction, They Will Transform How U.S. Addresses Addiction

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 – Center on Addiction and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announced today they are merging under the name Center on Addiction. As mortalities mount from drug overdoses in this country, the organizations are uniting to accelerate progress against this deadly disease and transform how the nation addresses addiction.

“A crisis of this magnitude requires leadership and collaboration. That is why we are integrating the expertise of two prominent nonprofits that have been combating addiction for a combined half century,” said Creighton Drury, who is assuming the role of CEO at Center on Addiction. “Our complementary expertise will allow us to confront this disease from multiple angles to ensure that all young people can achieve their full potential and families get the support they need.”

Fred Muench, the President and CEO at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, is joining Center on Addiction as President. In addition, James G. Niven, a longtime board member and former Chair of Sotheby’s The Americas, will head the Board of Directors as Chair, and Mike White, the former CEO of DirectTV and Chair of the Board of Directors at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, will serve as Vice Chair of the New York City-based nonprofit. The integration process is underway and will be completed later this year.

This merger combines research, policy, media, direct-to-family resources and services, as well as communications expertise, allowing Center on Addiction to be the go-to organization for addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery. The nonprofit will empower families to support loved ones, advance effective addiction care, and shape public policies that prevent and treat addiction as a public health issue. Ultimately, this strategic combination will help ignite a movement to change the way addiction is perceived in this country, extinguishing deep-rooted misperceptions and stigma.

“Bringing together many of the most respected experts in addiction provides the opportunity for us to develop much-needed solutions to addiction care, and to partner with other leaders in the field,” said Muench. “I’m thrilled this merger allows us to expand and scale our essential programming that can empower even more families with information, support, and guidance.”

Both nonprofits boast legacies of leadership. Center on Addiction has been a leading force in health care research and implementation, evaluation services, and policy and advocacy analysis around substance use and addiction since Joseph A. Califano, Jr. founded the organization in 1992 as The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a pioneer in public service advertising, has focused on driving awareness of substance use since its founding in 1986. Led by James E. Burke during its early, formative years, the nonprofit offers science-based family services to help parents and caregivers who care for loved ones across the substance use spectrum.

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    Stacey Mauntel

    November 18, 2019 at 4:23 AM

    My daughter is in a sober living house in Saint Louis Missouri. It’s been a long road of addiction, treatment, sobriety and relapse. Right now we are in sobriety I say we because she and I have been in this journey together for many years. I could use help on how to continue to be a source of support for her and keep my sanity.

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      Josie Feliz

      November 18, 2019 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks for your message Stacey. We have forwarded your message to one of our helpline specialists who can help better answer your question, and she will be reaching out to you shortly. Our Helpline is a good place to start if you’d like to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Feel free to connect with us in whichever manner you choose in the future: https://drugfree.org/helpline
      Thank you. -The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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    John Cartwright

    October 20, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    I have recently taken in a 23 yr old man who has an addiction to meth. I hired him at the nursing home where I worked when he was 16. That day, I could see the pain in his eyes. For some reason after he left, he always managed to keep in touch with me. The last time, he just got out of jail, asked me to help him find a job. I found him a job, he didn’t have a place to live, I rented him a room. I couldn’t stand the thought of him living on the streets. He relapsed, I sent him to rehab. He is so intelligent, he has so much potential, how can I get him to see what he is made of, that he has a great chance at success, that he doesn’t need meth?

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      Josie Feliz

      October 21, 2019 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks for your message John. We have forwarded your message to one of our helpline specialists who can help better answer your question, and she will be reaching out to you shortly. Our Helpline is a good place to start if you’d like to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Feel free to connect with us in whichever manner you choose in the future: https://drugfree.org/helpline
      Thank you. -The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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    Derek Powell

    October 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    I recently completed 21-day care for my substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. IT’S ESSENTIAL to getting information from people today to combat this problem.

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    D G

    October 8, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    Hello, We have an adult son living with us in Oklahoma who has an opioid addiction. How can we get him into caring inpatient care at reasonable cost? (No insurance)

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      Josie Feliz

      October 8, 2019 at 9:48 AM

      Thanks for your message DG. We have forwarded your message to one of our helpline specialists who can help better answer your question, and she will be reaching out to you shortly. Our Helpline is a good place to start if you’d like to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Feel free to connect with us in whichever manner you choose in the future: https://drugfree.org/helpline
      Thank you. -The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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