Thank you for supporting our effort to have products that promote prescription drug abuse removed from IT’SUGAR stores. We are closing in on our goal of 2,500 signatures on our Causes online petition. (If you haven’t signed yet, please do!) However, IT’SUGAR has yet to respond to our requests. That is unacceptable. Join us starting […]
We recently learned that cocktail shakers, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles are available for sale in IT’SUGAR retail locations and were being sold on itsugar.com (no longer available online). At a time when Rx overdoses are killing our high school and college-age kids, these products make light of prescription […]
Because medicines are commonly found in family medicine cabinets, on top of dressers, in kitchen cabinets, and in other accessible locations, it is important to take stock of the drugs in your home. If you have unwanted or expired prescriptions, you must dispose of them in order to keep your child safe. Here are two […]
IT’SUGAR, the national retail candy store popular with teens, is currently selling products that make light of prescription drug abuse – a dangerous behavior responsible for more deaths in the U.S. each year than heroin and cocaine combined.
We recently released a special report outlining our accomplishments and activities for our Medicine Abuse Project in 2013. It gives an overview of initiatives like our “Out Of Reach” teen-made documentary on medicine abuse, our brand new project website, an interactive quiz and successful advocacy efforts. We took significant steps to address the growing epidemic […]
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and supporting families impacted by addiction, has introduced a new campaign targeting healthcare professionals as part of its Medicine Abuse Project.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and supporting families impacted by addiction, and agency Hill Holliday, were honored with a Gold Lion at the first-ever Lions Health Awards for the public service campaign “Mind Your Meds.” The campaign was developed by Hill Holliday for the Partnership as part of its Medicine Abuse Project.
We are proud to announce that St. Petersberg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation, who partnered with us on a special webcast entitled “The Myth of Study Drugs,” has been named a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. The webcast stood out among nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.
“Out Of Reach” – our special documentary created by a teen filmmaker who captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as it exists in his world – premiered in the Midwest on May 27th in Columbus Ohio. The special screening was hosted by Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich. The film originally premiered at the 18th annual Genart […]
More teens are abusing medicine than ever, largely due to the availability of these drugs in medicine cabinets in their own homes. the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is teaming up with the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) to deliver a special webinar this Thursday, January 30th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST on the […]
We accomplished a lot in 2013. We took action to reduce prescription drug abuse among teens by introducing our teen-made, parent-targeted “Out of Reach” documentary and paired it with a special toolkit to help educate communities everywhere about the issue of teen medicine abuse. We acquired The Meth Project – one of the world’s leading prevention programs […]
~the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Responds 2013 Monitoring the Future Study~ New York, NY, December 18, 2013 – The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Study (MTF), an annual survey tracking teen drug abuse among eighth-, 10th- and 12th- graders, shows an increase in the abuse of the prescription medicine Adderall among high school seniors […]
~ National Nonprofit Launches Innovative Tool to Help Parents Understand Lifesaving Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opiate Addiction ~ NEW YORK, NY, December 12, 2013 – the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit working to find evidence-based solutions to adolescent substance use, today launched a comprehensive new digital resource that helps parents better understand […]
Despite thousands of calls and messages from families who have lost loved ones to prescription drug abuse, the Los Angeles-based boutique, Kitson, has refused to remove apparel that glamorizes prescription drug abuse. Jerseys with “Xanax,” “Adderall” and “Vicodin” in traditional sports team lettering continue to sell for close to $100 each on Kitson’s website and […]
Last night, “Out of Reach”, a short documentary created by teen filmmaker Cyrus Stowe, premiered at the 18th Annual Genart Film Festival in New York City. The film captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse in Cyrus’ school and community, and it was created in collaboration with our organization and director Tucker Capps (of […]
Last week, The Medicine Abuse Project keynoted the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 2013 Conference on Dentist Health and Well-Being in Chicago, IL. The session, “Insights From an Epidemic: The Medicine Abuse Project”, illustrated the nature and extent of medicine misuse and abuse within the general population, as well as identified proactive steps health care professionals […]
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 […]
We are excited to announce that The Medicine Abuse Project – our multi-year campaign that aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine by the year 2017 – is the winner of a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence in the Public Service category. The Silver Anvil, symbolizing the forging of public opinion, is annually […]
Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids New York, NY, June 17, 2013—Last Friday, Urban Outfitters issued a statement to CNN that it was halting the sale of prescription drug paraphernalia products. The statement read, “In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may […]
Just over a month ago, we learned that Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, was selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products made light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior responsible for more deaths in the United States each year […]
~Sheff to Chat Live about Drug Addiction as a Disease, Treatment and Recovery~ New York, NY, May 30, 2013 – the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the national nonprofit leading The Medicine Abuse Project, a multi-year initiative aimed at preventing half a million teens from abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines over the next five years, is […]
Parents’ Lax Attitudes and Behavior Linked to Teen Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse ~ Nearly One-Third of Parents Believe Stimulants Can Improve Academic Performance, Even for Teens Who Do Not Have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ~ New York, NY – April 23, 2013 – New, nationally projectable survey results released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free […]
Former professional basketball player, Chris Herren, has been making the rounds to some of the country’s top radio sports programs to discuss teen prescription (Rx) drug abuse and the risks this poses to student athletes. Chris, who himself is in recovery from substance abuse, has been working closely with The Partnership to help educate parents about The […]