Health — 05 April 2011
Join Together boosts drug-fighting efforts with Drugfree Org and BUSPH

Join Together boosts drug-fighting efforts with Drugfree Org and BUSPH.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org, in cooperation with the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), announced this week that Join Together is now part of the 25-year-old nonprofit organization based in New York City.

Join Together is a leader in bringing effective alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs to communities nationwide. It publishes online daily news and research reports to a national readership, operates widely used self-screening and brief intervention websites for alcohol and drug problems and advocates for evidence-based public policy.

“Today’s action is an exciting milestone in the work we started in 1991. I am proud of the accomplishments our team has made over the years to improve prevention, treatment and policy in America’s communities and delighted that The Partnership at Drugfree.org will carry on these efforts,” said David Rosenbloom, Professor of Public Health at Boston University and founder of Join Together.

“We believe this shift secures a strong future for Join Together that will enable even more leaders and communities to have access to the timely, high-quality information and services that have made Join Together the nation’s leader in addiction prevention, treatment and policy information,” explained Robert Meenan, Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health. “We look forward to a long-term relationship with The Partnership at Drugfree.org as it assumes this new leadership role.”

“The opportunity to sustain and grow the invaluable resources of Join Together further exemplifies a decade of evolution in our programs and services that help people effectively address drug and alcohol abuse in their families and at the community level,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “From our origins as a research-based drug abuse prevention organization, we have evolved to become a true partner to parents when they need drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support. With Join Together, we add advocacy to our offerings, as well as the ability to disseminate timely news and research, while providing support for professionals working at all levels throughout the addiction field.”

The transition phase is funded, in part, through grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Join Together will continue to provide current news, research and resources for prevention and treatment professionals, policy makers, community leaders, public officials, teachers, parents and families. Its highly utilized resources, alcoholscreening.org and drugscreening.org, will remain stand-alone websites and will be integrated into the deep intervention and treatment resources found at drugfree.org.

Join Together provides daily and breaking news, research briefs and in-depth feature articles on drug and alcohol issues free to more than 50,000 subscribers in every state in the country. The service will now be available at drugfree.org/jointogether. Individuals can sign up to receive Join Together daily and weekly e-newsletters at drugfree.org/enewsletters.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org and BUSPH will collaborate further to significantly increase utilization of resources on Join Together by professionals in a number of allied health fields. In the coming months, the organizations will re-launch Join Together’s popular continuing education offerings, expand its online screening programs and distribute a journal for those working in addiction treatment. To learn more, please visit drugfree.org

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