Too many families have lost someone they love to a drug overdose. In fact, today, 128 families are grieving, and today’s toxicology report adds one more family to that roll call: the family of Prince. He is number 129.
The Partnership, in collaboration with the Addiction Policy Forum and the House of Representatives Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, developed a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help the families impacted by the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Last week, the National Journal published an article detailing how the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) came to be. Our President and CEO, Marcia Lee Taylor, talks about how the Partnership has advocated for the passing of the CARA in the article.
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 and Prinkshop today launched new, bold graphic design t-shirts and tote bags reminding people to “Mind Your Meds.” Proceeds benefit the Partnership’s work to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine.
Addiction is not treated like any other disease, but rather as a crime and a moral failing, treated with prison and lectures, rather than therapy and medicine. It’s time to break the silence and treat it as the public health epidemic it is. Let’s work to bring awareness to and transformation around 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.