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Joined Together

March 29, 2011
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Join Together has been a useful online publication for news and information of interest, particularly for those in the prevention and treatment arenas.

Join Together’s point of view is pretty far from that of Drug WarRant, yet I’ve often found their drug policy news coverage useful, and have often found robust discussions in their comments.

This afternoon, I received this note:

Dear Reader,

I am very happy to announce that effective next Monday, April 4, Join Together will become part of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. You will continue to receive your Join Together news as usual, with a fresh look, and have immediate access to the extraordinary resources that The Partnership at Drugfree.org has created for parents and communities.

Stable, long-term funding for free services like Join Together is always hard to achieve. You and more than 50,000 other leaders in prevention, treatment and policy throughout the country have relied on our daily news to stay current with research, policy, and practice. We have worked hard to not let you down.

That is why I am so pleased that Steve Pasierb, the President of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, and his colleagues have exciting plans to expand and improve Join Together in the coming years, while retaining the independent voice and commitment to evidence over ideology that has been the foundation of our relationship with you. [emphasis added]

Why do I find that hard to believe? I’ll admit that JoinTogether’s recent connection to CASA didn’t turn then into Joe Califano, but becoming a subsidiary of a blatant propaganda organization like drugfree.org, and believing that you’ll retain editorial integrity, seems awfully naive.

Why do you think drugfree.org has the resources to take on this operation, while they were unable to get the resources on their own? The difference is precisely because The Partnership pushes ideology over evidence, and there are a lot of interests out there that are happy to fund that.

Current Join Together staff members will remain at the Boston University School of Public Health. They will work in a new collaboration with the team at The Partnership at Drugfree.org to ensure a smooth transition of our news service and website content and to develop new joint projects to expand and strengthen Join Together screening and education services.

We will publish in our current format through Thursday, March 31. To allow for testing of the new online systems, we will not publish a daily newsletter on Friday. On the following Monday, April 4, Join Together will relaunch with a new home at www.drugfree.org and a new email design.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Join Together.

Sincerely,

David Rosenbloom
Director
Join Together

R.I.P.

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