Message from the Chairman – the Business of Drugs

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Although the 2001-2002 Pride Survey indicated that the percentage of students using illicit drugs dropped to 22.3 percent, the lowest level since the 1993-94 school year, we, as corporate leaders, cannot take our eye off the ball. Youth drug abuse poses not only an ongoing problem for our schools and families, but it poses a workforce development and economic business crisis as these young people move into positions in our corporations.

Businesses cannot only prevent adult substance abuse, but also drive down youth drug abuse. And Drug Free Pennsylvania can help. Our Drugs Don’t Work Here program strives to eliminate substance abuse in the workplace by providing comprehensive drug-free workplace policies to businesses across the Commonwealth. By adopting a strong, drug-free workplace, corporations have effectively reduced tardiness and absenteeism rates, lowered the number of on-the-job accidents while increasing employee productivity and improving worker morale.

Drug-free workplaces are a good start, but CEOs need to go one step further. Undertaking and incorporating an effective anti-drug abuse cause-related marketing campaign into a business’ advertising efforts creates a social milieu in which substance abuse including tobacco use becomes less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible. In short, your businesses can help “de-market” substance abuse to children and parents throughout the community where you are established.

Drug Free Pennsylvania’s Media Partnership offers hard-hitting, effective commercials and ads that are available for tagging and sponsorship by businesses. A cause-related marketing component added to your drug-free workplace efforts can:

1. Focus on environmental change rather than individual change, in keeping with an overall strategy of de-normalizing substance abuse;

2. Grab the public’s attention and influence public opinion in a positive manner; and

3. Give visibility to your employee wellness campaign and set your business apart from that of your competitors.

Business involvement in preventing substance abuse helps your employees, their families and makes good business sense. I urge you to contact our state headquarters at (717) 232-0300 to learn how you can drive drugs out of business.

Michael Robinson

Chairman, Drug Free Pennsylvania

Drug Free Pennsylvania Privacy Statement

At Drug Free Pennsylvania, we understand that privacy is an important issue for visitors to the Drug Free Pennsylvania Web Site ( www.drugfreepa.org ). Specifically, Web users are concerned about what information is being collected, how it is being collected and how it is being used. The following information is designed to help you understand Drug Free Pennsylvania’s Internet Privacy Policy. This Privacy Statement is provided in an effort to fully disclose the data collection practices that apply to visitors of the Drug Free Pennsylvania web site.

Information Collection and Use

Drug Free Pennsylvania gathers information about Web site visitors to improve the caliber of online information and services offered. There are two forms of data that Drug Free Pennsylvania collects: site visitor ship data and personal information voluntarily provided to us by site visitors.

Site Visitor ship Data

Drug Free Pennsylvania routinely gathers data on Web site activity, such as how many people visit the site, the pages they visit, where they come from, how long they stay, etc. To provide visitors with the best possible on-line experience, non-identifiable data of visitors is collected in an aggregate form. Also, in order to maximize the utility of the tools in computers connecting to the site (like audio capabilities), information about visitors’ computer settings may also be compiled. In both situations, information is collected only on an aggregate, anonymous basis, and no information on any visitor is singled out. The information compiled is used for internal purposes only and except by compulsion of law, is not disclosed or transferred to any third party for any purpose.

Personal Information

Drug Free Pennsylvania collects personal information from site visitors, such as a visitor’s name, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, etc. only when the site visitor voluntarily provides it. (For minors, see section below). Generally, such information is requested only in limited circumstances (like in response to contests, e-mail newsletter subscriptions, etc.), and not as a condition to visiting the site. The information compiled is used for internal purposes only and, except by compulsion of law, is not disclosed or transferred to any third party for any purpose.

Nondisclosure of Personal Information

Drug Free Pennsylvania will not sell, trade, or disclose to third parties any site visitors identifiable information derived from the registration for or use of any Drug Free Pennsylvania on-line services including names and addresses without the consent of the site visitor (except as required by subpoena, search warrant, or other legal process or in the case of imminent physical harm to the site visitor or others).

Parental Permission for Minors

Drug Free Pennsylvania recognizes that children, including young teens, may not be able to make informed choices about personal information requested online. Accordingly, Drug Free Pennsylvania strongly recommends that visitors of minor age obtain parental permission before supplying personal information where requested on this site. Finally, Drug Free Pennsylvania encourages parents to take an active role to protect the privacy and security of their children and to prevent the inappropriate use of information about their children. Drug Free Pennsylvania supports the development of technologies that help parents to control the collection and use of personal information from children who use online services in their households.

Drug Free Pennsylvania Web Site Operating Agreement

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Use of the Web Site.

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using Drug Free Pennsylvania’s web site. By accessing our web site you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth below. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, you may not access or use the web site. By using this web site, you acknowledge that you have read the disclaimers below and that you accept and agree to be bound by these terms. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, you should exit this site.

Drug Free Pennsylvania may modify this agreement at any time, such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement. You agree to review the agreement periodically to be aware of such modifications and your continued access or use of this site shall be deemed your conclusive acceptance of the modified agreement.

No Warranties.

The owner of this site and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, agents and assigns shall not be liable in any way for the use of this site. This disclaimer of liability applies to any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of the use of this site, including but not limited to damages or injury for lost data, profits, savings or goodwill that may be caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record.

Drug Free Pennsylvania does not make any express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements whatsoever (including without limitation warranties of title or non infringement, or the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose) with regard to the web site. Drug Free Pennsylvania shall not be responsible for any cost or damage arising either directly or indirectly from any such transaction. It is solely your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness and usefulness of all opinions, advice, services, merchandise and other information provided through the Internet or on the Internet generally. Also, this site may contain technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, or out-of-date information. Use of the information supplied from or through this site is at your own risk.

Your participation on our web site occurs in real time and is not edited, censored, or otherwise controlled by Drug Free Pennsylvania. Drug Free Pennsylvania cannot and does not screen content provided by users of the web site. Notwithstanding, Drug Free Pennsylvania reserves the right to monitor content on the web site and to remove content which Drug Free Pennsylvania, in its sole discretion, determines to be harmful, offensive, or otherwise in violation of its policies. In order to maintain a valuable and informative web site, the following rules must be abided by:

  1. Please use your real name in online communications, unless you are in an area of the web site that requires or encourage anonymity.
  2. You may not post or transmit any message which is libelous, defamatory or which discloses private or personal matters concerning any person. You may not post or transmit any message, data, image or program which is indecent, obscene or pornographic.
  3. You may not interfere with the rights of other users of this web site.
  4. You may not post or transmit any file which contains viruses, worms, Trojan horses or any other contaminating or destructive features.
  5. You may not post or transmit any message, data, image or program that would violate the property rights of others.
  6. You may not post or transmit any message which is harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful. Drug Free Pennsylvania reserves the right to take appropriate action in cases where statements are offensive and harmful.
  7. You may not post pyramid letters or schemes or petitions on our web site.
  8. You may not user our web site to conduct any illegal activity or solicit the performance of any illegal activity.
  9. You may not send unsolicited mass e-mail messages if reasonably expected to provide complaints.

Other links.

This site may contain links to other World Wide Web sites. Such links are not endorsements of any information contained, or products or services offered in such sites, and no information in such sites has been endorsed or approved by the Owner of this site. Any decision to view such cyberlinks is at your own risk. Drug Free Pennsylvania does not control the content of third party web sites.

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The entire contents of this web site are copyrighted under the United States copyright laws. The owner of the copyright is Drug Free Pennsylvania. You may print and download portions of material from the different areas of this web site solely for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may make one (1) machine readable copy and one (1) backup copy from the different areas of the web site. Any other coping, redistribution, retransmission or publication of any downloaded material, is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Drug Free Pennsylvania or any third party information provider to the Service. You agree to not change or delete any proprietary notices from materials downloaded from the web site.

Viruses.

You also understand that Drug Free Pennsylvania cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading will be free of infection or viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output and for maintaining a means for the construction of any lost data. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of our web site.

Indemnification.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Drug Free Pennsylvania, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensers, suppliers and any third party information providers to the web site from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees resulting from violation of this agreement by you.

Miscellaneous.

This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania applicable to agreements made and to be performed in Pennsylvania. You agree that any legal action or proceeding between Drug Free Pennsylvania and you for any purpose concerning this web site or the parties’ obligations hereunder shall be brought exclusively in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Pennsylvania. Any cause of action must be commenced within one year after the claim or cause of action arises or the cause of action/claim shall be barred. Drug Free Pennsylvania’s failure to insist on strict performance shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.

Business

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Our program encourages employers and labor unions to adopt comprehensive and compassionate workplace substance abuse programs. The program offers a multi-faceted approach to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in the workplace.

Members of our program are provided with a comprehensive drug-free workplace program that includes: an individually written substance abuse policy, a program manual that is updated periodically, technical assistance, and up-to-date information through newsletters and bulletins. Training is available for managers and supervisors to help companies establish drug-free workplaces. Through several consortia, members have access to lower-cost Employee Assistance Programs and drug and alcohol testing.

In 1997, there were 13.9 million current users of illicit drugs in the United States. More than six million of the current illegal drug users were employed full-time in 1997. An additional 1.6 million current users worked part-time. Drug-affected workers are less productive, miss more workdays, and are more likely to injure themselves or others. There are five times as many claims filed by substance abusers on workers’ compensation.

In the future, finding workers who are dependable and competent may become even more difficult. According to the University of Michigan Monitoring the Future Study, nearly a quarter of all eighth graders said they had tried marijuana and about half of all 12th graders.

Drug Free Pennsylvania continues to increase the number of business member companies as it works towards creating a drug-free business community in Pennsylvania. Drug Free Pennsylvania is also seeking to expand this program by offering drug and alcohol awareness information to parents in the workplace. Future plans also include developing technology for providing member services through satellite training and internet interactive workplace education.

Fundraising Guidelines

Fundraising Guidelines

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Thank you so much for your commitment to the Drug Free Pennsylvania (DFPA). We are extremely grateful for the support of donors like you who want to fundraise to help animals and to spread the word about DFPA’s work and mission!

The following provides some guidelines to not only help you in your fundraising efforts but also to keep us informed of all of the good works that are happening on our behalf.

Getting Started

Here are some ideas for the types of events you could organize to raise money for animals in need:

  • Bake Sale
  • Car Wash
  • Yard Sale
  • Craft Sale
  • Silent Auction
  • Baby or Pet Sitting
  • Lemonade Stand

Or – ask friends and family to sponsor you in an activity, such as walking, swimming, even running a marathon!

Let us know!

Once you have decided what you want to do, let us know! You can do this by having the event organizer fill out and submit a “Fundraising Event Information Form”. Completed forms can be submitted to [email protected] or mailed to DFPA, 3901 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 110, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

We understand that all details for your proposed event may not be available at the time of your submission, but please fill out the form to the best of your knowledge.

And once your event is complete, please send us pictures and tell us how it went – we’d love to hear about your efforts!

Fundraising

All funds received from this Grassroots Fundraising Event will be considered unrestricted unless requested otherwise in writing. To facilitate your fundraising process, we would recommend that the organizer collect all monetary gifts and submit them all together to DFPA. There are several ways that donors can make a gift. They are as follows:
1. Checks made payable to Drug Free Pennsylvania
2. Credit Card donation through our website (www.drugfreepa.org).
3. Cash donation (in order to meet IRS guidelines for tax-deductibility, please indicate the name, address and amount each individual has given using the attached donation form.)

All donations to DFPA are fully tax deductible and may be sent to:

Drug Free Pennsylvania
3901 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 110
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Marketing Materials

Depending on the nature of the event and number of participants involved, DFPA may be able to provide materials for distribution. Give us a call at 800-533-3394 and we can help you determine what is most appropriate for your event.

Applicant agrees to submit any and all promotional materials including, but not limited to, publicity, advertising and press releases, to DFPA for its approval before any such materials are published, distributed, disseminated or circulated in any manner. All promotions for the event should reflect DFPA as the beneficiary, and not the host or sponsor of the event. For purposes of compliance with U.S. state fundraising regulations and Better Business Bureau disclosure requirements, all promotional material shall include: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the sales, admission price or other proceeds that will benefit DFPA; (b) any maximum or minimum to be paid to DFPA, if applicable.

Legal Responsibility of Event

Because your fundraising event is not sponsored or promoted by DFPA, we are unable to assume any risk, expense or liability for your event. To that end, you agree to indemnify DFPA against any and all claims by third parties arising from your event.

DFPA defines a Grassroots Fundraising Event as any fundraising activity by an individual or a group (third party) that meets the following conditions:
1. The individual or group has no formal affiliation with DFPA (i.e. they are not an
agent or an employee of DFPA)
2. DFPA has no fiduciary or financial responsibilities to the individual or group
3. There is no involvement by DFPA staff in your fundraising event

For more information:

Thank you again for your interest in joining the movement and for supporting the critical work of DFPA through a Grassroots Fundraising Event. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact us at [email protected].

FAQs

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Fundraising FAQ

General FAQ

What is a grassroots event?

A grassroots event is a fundraiser to benefit Drugfreepa.org that is completely sponsored and organized by an individual, company or organization other than Drugfreepa.org. Since you are the event architect, you plan all the details, front expenses, and enlist the help of friends, family, and coworkers to organize and staff the event. Grassroots fundraisers are a great way to have fun and help raise funds so that all young people will be able to live a life free from drug and alcohol abuse.

Why host a grassroots event?

When you host an event, you spread the word about the work Drugfreepa.org does as well as financially contribute to the critical work we do for children and families. Organizing a fundraising event can be a fun, empowering and rewarding adventure. Your efforts enable us to work on our common cause where all young people will be able to live their lives free from drug and alcohol abuse.

Do I need to establish a 501(c)(3) to organize an event?

No. When fundraising and putting on an event, it is not necessary to be a 501(c)(3) or to use another organization’s 501(c)(3) status. As an individual, you can set up a bank account under the name of your event. In order for there to be no tax implications, the balance of the account at the end of the year must be a zero balance. You also must have receipts of event expenses and proof that money was donated to Drugfreepa.org and we will provide a tax receipt for the donation.

How can Drugfreepa.org help me in my efforts?

While we are limited in the staff resources we can provide to you, we are “experts” in the event field and are happy to lend our expertise, suggestions and support on your endeavor. We can share our experience on what works and what does not.

We will help you publicize the event on the Events of our website or even on our Facebook page. We will allow you the use of our logo, with pre-approval. We will also recognize those who contribute.

How do I get started?

First, complete the Fundraising Application, it is available here. We will then be in touch shortly. Here are a few important points to consider:

• Will you need volunteers to help on the day of the event? A general rule for volunteer commitment is that on the best day you should expect about 50% of your planned volunteers to show up.

• Will you need a permit for your event?

• How much money do you plan on raising?

• What unexpected costs might you encounter? (Please remember that you are responsible for underwriting any expenses or obtaining sponsors to help with expenses associated with your event.)

 

How will I know if my event is approved?

We will do our best to respond to your application within one week. Please do not move forward until you have heard from us.

Can Drugfreepa.org help with funding, planning or executing my event? Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to assist with funding, planning or executing your event.

Can Drugfreepa.org arrange for a celebrity to participate in my event? Unfortunately, we cannot arrange for celebrities to participate in your event.

Can you promote my event on Drugfreepa.org’s website?

Absolutely. We have an Events portion of www.drugfreepa.org where we can post your event. We may even be able to promote it on our Facebook page.

Event Proceeds FAQ

What is the right way to communicate where the money is going?

Appropriate wording for any promotion is as follows: “The net proceeds from (event name) will benefit Drugfreepa.org.”

Can I use Drugfreepa.org’s tax-exempt status when purchasing goods or services for my event? Federal tax law prohibits grassroots fundraisers from using Drugfreepa.org’s tax-exempt status when purchasing goods or services for their Events.

Who should I make my check out to?

Please make all checks payable to: Drug Free Pennsylvania

Where do I mail donation checks?

All donations should be mailed to the address below:

Drug Free Pennsylvania

Attn: Fundraising

3901 Hartzdale Dr. Suite 110

Camp HIll, PA 17011.

How do you know that a donation is for me?

Please attach some documentation with the check so we can be in touch with you once we receive it.

What if a check is made out to me, not Drug Free Pennsylvania?

If a donor makes the check out to you, simply endorse the check with your signature and “Payable to Drug Free Pennsylvania” and submit it with the donation form. Please note that the account holder on the check will receive the tax receipt from Drug Free Pennsylvania.

Can I accept the bulk of the donations and write Drug Free Pennsylvania one check?

We do not recommend this method of donation acceptance. If you collect all of the donations and deposit them into your account so that you can write one check, two things will happen: 1) The IRS will consider that deposit income in your account and you will be taxed on the amount, and 2) because the check is from your account, you, and not your donors, will receive a tax receipt from us.

If a business donates goods or services for my event will they receive a tax receipt from Drug Free Pennsylvania?

When a business donates goods or services to your event it is considered an “in-kind” donation to your event. The business did not donate the goods or services directly to us; therefore, we cannot issue them a tax receipt.

Can I mail a cash donation?

No, please do not mail a cash donation with a donation form. We cannot accept cash donations. For any cash donation you receive, please convert the cash to a cashier’s check and mail it with a completed donation form. Please be sure to include the donor’s personal information on the donation form so that an accurate receipt can be generated for tax purposes. Please do not deposit the cash into your own account and write a check for that amount; the IRS regards this as income and in addition, if a check is written from your account, you would then receive the tax receipt. It isn’t possible to have a check written from your personal account credited to another donor. However, if you have several cash donations from different donors and want to convert them to one check, you can accompany one cashier’s check with multiple donation forms to indicate the amount that each donor contributed. Each donor will receive a tax receipt for the amount specified on their donation form.

A donor is requesting a 501(c)(3) letter. What is that and how can I get a copy?

The 501(c)(3) letter is proof Drug Free Pennsylvania is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the federal government. Contact [email protected] to obtain a copy of this form.

Will Drugfreepa.org reimburse me for the costs of my event?

We are not able to reimburse a fundraiser for event expenses. We suggest you find a local sponsor to underwrite the costs of the event as the presenting sponsor. This will not only allow you to host an event with all proceeds supporting the critical work we do for children and families, but businesses can get community-based advertising as well as tax deductions with their receipts.

I already had my event and didn’t have an underwriting sponsor. I need to pay for my expenses out of the proceeds of the event, but want the donors to receive tax receipts. What options are available to me?

Unfortunately, if you keep money raised from the event to cover expenses, not all the donations will receive a tax receipt. We can only provide tax receipts for the actual dollars received. With all grassroots events, you must provide a spreadsheet with the event donation stating how much each donor contributed along with their name and email address. The total on the spreadsheet must equal the amount of the net proceeds check. For example, if your event raises $10,000 and you keep $2,000 to offset costs, you must provide a document including each donor name, email address, and amount donated totaling $8,000. Each donor on the spreadsheet will receive a tax receipt for the amount they donated.

I want to accept donations under the event name—how is this possible?

To accept donations under a name other than your legal name, you can file for a “Doing Business As” (DBA) name. Rules and registration for DBAs vary by state so you must check with your local government agencies to find state specific information.

I do not see the donation form online, how do I obtain that?

Once we approve your event, we will send it to you!

Logos and Assets FAQ

Can I use Drug Free Pennsylvania’s logo on printed materials to promote my event? When your event is approved, you will be granted permission to use Drug Free Pennsylvania’s logo on printed materials for the sole purpose of promoting the approved event. Promotional materials including Drug Free Pennsylvania’s logo must be reviewed and approved prior to publication or distribution in any manner. You may not use the logo to create Drugfreepa.org merchandise. The logo may not be altered in typeface, color, configuration and/or position and must adhere to established graphic standards.

I found some great videos on your website and want to use them at my event. Can I? Yes! Most of our videos can be found on our Facebook and Vimeo for sharing purposes.

Share your event with us!

My event was a success! Can I send you pictures or video from my event? Yes! We want to hear all about it and encourage you to send us any photos, video and all the details to [email protected].

Contact Us

I have a question that isn’t answered here. What do I do? For all additional questions, please contact us via email at [email protected].

 

 

Sample Press Release

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Name of Event: ___________________________________________

Tag Line (if any): _________________________________________

For Immediate Release: _________________________________

Contact Name: ____________________________________________

Phone Number: ___________________________________________

Cell Number: _____________________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________________

Community Supports [Name of event]

[Date of event]

[MM/DD/YY, town and description of event here]. [Your group/organization] is raising funds and

awareness in order to increase the prevention of drug use and addiction. [Name of event] is taking place on [date] in , it is being held in memory of/celebrating recovery of [Name of person]. The event will benefit Drug Free Pennsylvania. “I am organizing this [name of event] in an effort to raise needed funds for Drug Free Pennsylvania. The mission to help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children goes a long way to help families live healthy, drug free lives.

Sponsorships are being sought on various levels and for many aspects of the event. For more information or to volunteer, please visit the website: http://_____________________ [your event’s website].

Sponsors to date include:

[List sponsors here]

When: [Day, Date]

Where: [Address]

Time: [Details]

Cost: [$ per participant]

(Event) Director: [Name]

[Phone]

[Website]

Our Mission

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Drug Free Pennsylvania (DFPA) is a statewide, nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) organization that creates healthier communities by educating individuals of all ages and providing workplace solutions through programs that prevent substance abuse. We accomplish our mission through influencing healthy choices, lifestyle changes and striving to make Pennsylvania a safe place to live, work, play, and learn without the undue influences and effects of substance abuse.

Drug Free Workplace Solutions

http://www.drugfreesolutions.org

A program that provides employers with affordable drug-free workplace programs that include policy development, supervisor and employee trainings, drug testing and EAP services.

 

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Straight Talk for Parents

http://www.straighttalkforparents.org

A program designed to educate parents about emerging drug trends; signs and symptoms of teen drug use; and assists parents in the development of communication skills to speak and listen to their children about substance abuse.

 

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The Media Straight Up!

http://medialiteracypa.org

A middle school curriculum designed to assist educators and prevention specialists in guiding kids to make more informed decisions, such as avoiding risky drug and alcohol-related behaviors, while learning how traditional and online media influence society. Media Literacy Seminars for educators and prevention specialists who want to become a leader in media literacy held each fall.

Drug Free Pennsylvania periodically seeks products and services through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. RFPs are publicly communicated and may also be posted here if applicable. Drug Free Pennsylvania is a statewide nonprofit organization serving the Commonwealth’s citizens, employers and communities with services and programs to reduce and eliminate drug and alcohol abuse.

Youth Assembly Program Research 5-13-2014

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Straight Talk for Parents Research 5-13-2014

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