The Partnership for a “Drug-Free” (except the ones we sell!) America

The Partnership - Except the ones we sell!

So, I received this week, an e-mail from Stephen J. Pasierb, President of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, containing several facts about prescription drug abuse. They are listed below, and I do not dispute them. I have seen similar figures from other organizations and studies.

What has always concerned me about “The Partnership” however, is their motivation. And very recently my suspicion has only increased, as they continue to heavy-up their TV advertising. As you will also see below, most of the big donors to “The Partnership” are Big Pharma companies and organizations. Does this makes any sense to you people?

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From the Stephen J. Pasierb (The Partnership President) e-mail:

  • 1 in 5 teens will have abused prescription drugs by the time they graduate high school. Some of those kids may become addicted and some may die from overdose.
  • Every day, 2,500 teens use a prescription drug to get high for the first time.
  • 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined!
  • Only 1 in 3 report learning about the risks of prescription drugs from their parents.

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Major Donors to The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (-Ed.):

  • Abbott Laboratories (Pharma), $500,000+
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, $500,000+
  • King Pharmaceuticals, Inc., $100,000+
  • Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals (Maker of Suboxone), $100,000+
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., $50,000 to $99,999
  • Wyeth (Pharma) Consumer Healthcare, $50,000 to $99,999
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals, $50,000+

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