Partnership News

Updates on our work in the field and collaboration with partners.

Major League Baseball and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Present Sixth Annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards to Exemplary Youth Coach and Teen Athlete

Chad Smock, a youth coach from Hilliard, Ohio and Cameron Justice, a teen athlete from Dublin, Ohio, were honored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Major League Baseball Charities, with the sixth annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards.

The 2015 Winter Wish Gala

Our 2015 Winter Wish Gala was held this week, raising $1.3 million to support our work to reduce substance abuse among adolescents. With more than 400 distinguished guests and friends in attendance, this annual celebration was made possible due to our dedicated volunteers and generous donors, at the historic Gotham Hall in New York City.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Unveils New Campaign Asking Teens “Who Controls You?”

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids today launched "Who Controls You," a new multimedia campaign for teens that illustrates some of the pressures they face, including peer pressure to drink and use drugs, issues with body image and bullying, among others.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Google Expand Efforts to Help More Families Find Answers on Teen Substance Abuse

Today, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents, and Google announced that they are expanding their ongoing efforts to make resources on teen substance abuse easier for families to find online.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Join Forces to Prevent LGBTQ Teen Substance Abuse

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids today released Preventing Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Teens, an issue brief focusing on helping parents, educators and other youth-serving professionals understand the unique challenges – including bullying and family rejection – faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth that contribute to their heightened rates of substance abuse.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Joins Thousands in D.C. to UNITE to Face Addiction

On Sunday, October 4, we joined 25,000 individuals and advocacy organizations for the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. On the following day, the Partnership and our volunteer families participated in an advocacy day with key members of the House and Senate to garner federal support for CARA.

We Need to Change the Way We Talk About – and Treat – Addiction

The campaign trail to the White House has seen many presidential candidates expressing not only their views on addiction, but also the proactive steps they have taken to act on this public health crisis.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Partners with Facing Addiction for Rally to End the Silence of Addiction

The Partnership is joining forces with thousands of other advocacy organizations and individuals for the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C., Sunday, October 4.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Unveils New Multimedia Youth Campaign Using Emojis to Let Teens Know #WeGotYou

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids today launched a new multimedia campaign for teens that uses emojis to communicate the challenges of negative influences, empowering them to live Above the Influence.

A Message From New President and CEO, Marcia Lee Taylor

After nearly a decade at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, I am thrilled to begin my first official week in my new role as President and CEO.

Marcia Lee Taylor Named President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Board of Directors of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens, has officially named Marcia Lee Taylor President and CEO of the organization.

Partnership Parent Coach Denise Mariano Honored by White House

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids volunteer Parent Coach, Denise Mariano, has been honored as a 2015 "Advocate for Action" by the White House for her outstanding advocacy efforts.

Major League Baseball Charities and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Announce the Sixth Annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, in conjunction with Major League Baseball Charities (MLB), today announce the sixth annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Awards to celebrate extraordinary individuals on and off the playing field.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Introduces New Resource: Marijuana Talk Kit: What You Need to Know to Talk With Your Kids About Marijuana

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids introduced The Marijuana Talk Kit, a new resource addressing the changing marijuana landscape and the communication between parents and teens.

New Research Uncovers Disconnect In Pain-Related Communications Between Prescribers of Pain Medications and Patients

New research released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids confirms several “disconnects” in the pain-related communication between healthcare prescribers of prescription opiates (Rx painkillers) and their patients.

Full Report and Key Findings: Prescribers, Patients and Pain

New research released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids confirms several “disconnects” in the pain-related communication between healthcare prescribers of prescription opiates (Rx painkillers) and their patients.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Brings Life-Saving Kits and Training to New Jersey Families

Together with its parent partners and the Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris (CCSHM), an initiative of Morris County Prevention is Key (MCPIK), the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids this week launched a first-of-its-kind community effort to address the heroin/opiate crisis in Morris County, New Jersey.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Collaborates with DDB California on New Campaign That Offers Parents “Real Help”

We are collaborating with DDB California on a new, integrated creative campaign that shows how friends want to be supportive, but when it comes to a child’s drug use, most don’t know what to say. We do.

Farewell from Partnership President and CEO Steve Pasierb

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.

New Survey: Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Stimulants Becoming Normalized Behavior Among College Students, Young Adults

A new, nationally representative survey released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids confirms that the abuse of prescription stimulants is becoming normalized among current college students and other young adults.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on The Today Show

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids was featured this morning on the TODAY show, as part of its week-long series, “The Secret Lives of Teens.”

In The News: The 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study

This year’s Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) results, which shows a significant increase – a doubling – in the reported lifetime use of synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) among teens. Here are some highlights from the media coverage.
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