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Ad Shop, Partnership for a Drug-Free America Team Up for Hispanic Outreach

February 16, 2010

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Adrenalina, a leading multicultural advertising and marketing agency that is part of the MDC Partners network, said today the two groups have joined forces to create a non-profit Spanish-language multimedia public service campaign aimed at Hispanic families.

Adrenalina will provide the Partnership with creative and strategic counsel on reaching Hispanic parents about preventing drug use among Latino youth via a national advertising campaign that builds on the nonprofit organization’s “Habla Con Tus Hijos” (“Talk with your Kids”) program. The effort is scheduled for rollout in 2010 and will be mounted across multiple media platforms.

“We hope that Adrenalina’s very fresh, real-world approach to cultural messaging will provide a strong framework for a creative campaign that resonates with Hispanic parents, galvanizes awareness and leads to a shift in behavior,” said Alina Diaz, the Partnership’s deputy director of multicultural programs, noting, “This campaign aims to help Hispanic parents realize that their kids will be exposed to drugs, and as the main influence in their children’s lives, parents must play an active role to protect them.”

The Partnership encourages parents to have open, honest conversations with their children because Partnership research has consistently shown that kids who learn a lot about the dangers of drugs at home are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that crucial message from their parents.

Still, Hispanic parents are less likely (88 percent) to talk with their kids about the risks of drug and alcohol use compared to African American (94 percent) and Caucasian parents (92 percent), according to the 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.

Moreover, among the nation’s 35 million families with children ages 9-17, nearly 7 million Hispanic families with children in that age group are considered at risk for abusing drugs and alcohol, per the Partnership.

“The intrinsic issue of parents avoiding having much-needed discussions with their kids about the dangers of drug use is a cultural conundrum for Hispanics,” said Manuel Wernicky, president, chief ideas officer and managing partner, Adrenalina. “Parents’ denial of the problem can result in a failure to recognize that kids accessing and using drugs can happen in homes just like theirs.”

The reasons for this parental disconnect are complex since some Hispanic parents think they have little influence over their children’s choices about drug and alcohol use. Many say their kids would be reluctant to talk to them about drugs and that as parents they have difficulty enforcing rules against substance abuse in their own homes. Some Hispanic parents believe that schools should have the main responsibility for educating kids about drugs.

Noted Wernicky: “The health and well being of Hispanic youth will depend heavily on parents taking the lead in educating and protecting their children from illicit drug and alcohol use. We see our role as helping to ignite the discourse leading to lasting, open relationships among Hispanic families.”

All creative work developed by Adrenalina and its agency partners will be produced pro bono.

For more information about the Partnership for a Drug-Free America visit drugfree.org. For information in Spanish, go to HablaConTusHijos.org.

For more information about Adrenalina, send an email to: news@getadrenalina.com.

About the Partnership

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a nonprofit organization uniting parents, renowned scientists and communications professionals to help families raise healthy children. The Partnership motivates and equips parents to prevent their children from using drugs and alcohol, intervene when drug and alcohol use is present and find help for family and friends in trouble. The Partnership’s site, drugfree.org, translates current research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into easy to understand tips and tools and connects parents with expert advice and support. For parents who need help starting and maintaining conversations with their kids about drugs and alcohol, Time To Talk, a nationwide parents’ movement, offers empowering tips and tools at TimeToTalk.org. The Partnership depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government. The Partnership thanks SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

About Adrenalina

A new kind of agency for a new America, Adrenalina, New York, is a brand leadership consultancy that infuses multinational brands with cultural and emotional messaging via digital innovation, creative experiences with stopping power, social networking and action marketing strategies designed to ignite a multicultural consumer revolution.

About MDC Partners

MDC Partners is a leading provider of marketing communications services to clients in North America, Europe and Latin America. Through its partnership of entrepreneurial firms it provides advertising, specialized communications and consulting services to leading brands. MDC Partners’ philosophy emphasizes the utilization of strategy and creativity to drive growth for its clients. “MDC Partners is the Place Where Great Talent Lives.” MDC Partners Class A shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol “MDCA” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDZA.”

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