Warner Lambert’s successful drug prevention program




In 1997,  Warner Lambert

decided to take action against increasing drug and alcohol abuse among

adolescents.    Simply put, the numbers were alarming and the rate

of abuse rising.  Data indicated that parental involvement was a major factor in

determining whether or not children turn to drugs, and Warner Lambert believed that

starting a dialogue at the kitchen table would make all the difference in the world.

Many Warner Lambert employees, who Warner

Lambert refers to as colleagues, are parents and the Company felt that these parents would

want to be aware of the alarming statistics and would want to learn what could be done to

combat drug abuse trends.  Warner Lambert firmly believed that it could do

something proactively to help solve this dangerous problem.

Working in collaboration with ACDE,

National Families in Action, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Warner

Lambert developed and then provided to all U.S.-based colleagues a folder of resource and

reference material to help individuals talk to children about the dangers of drugs.

The program was called Stop the

Silence.  Materials included in the kit provided guidance on how to

broach the subject with children.  It also provided advice on how to maintain

communication, and suggestions on how and when to address the issue.  Finally, it

provided all employees with information about national, local, and company-sponsored

resources for help.

Recognizing the difficulty of raising the

issue of drug use with employees, and the issue of potential drug use by their children in

particular, the Stop the Silence kit was sent directly

to all U.S.-based colleagues at home, rather than in the workplace.

Stop the Silence has

been a tremendous success for Warner Lambert.  The company has experienced a

noticeable increase in calls to their confidential Colleague Assistance Program.  In

1997, the percentage of CAP contacts that presented a problem of substance abuse rose

dramatically from 2 percent to 37 percent.   In addition, there were numerous

requests for additional copies of the kit for distribution to community


To learn more about Warner

Lambert, visit their site at www.warnerlambert.com.

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