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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - February, 2003



Media and Education Activities

Press Releases

September 27, 2002 - NIDA and SAMHSA Enter Agreement to Expedite Transfer of Findings from Treatment Research into Clinical Practice. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a unique intra-agency agreement to expedite the application of findings from treatment research into clinical application. The $1.5 million agreement between NIDA and SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will help ensure that findings from NIDA's treatment research will be quickly and readily available to practitioners around the country. Coverage of this release appeared in Workplace Substance Abuse Advisor and Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly.

September 27, 2002 - Scholastic Classroom Magazines and NIDA Announce Science Education Partnership. Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have announced a two-year, school-based science education partnership designed to inform students ages 12 to 15 about the dangers of drug abuse. This national information campaign will reach more than 8.5 million teens and teachers.

October 2, 2002 - New NIDA Science Education Materials For Second and Third Graders Available Online. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released a new elementary school curriculum: "Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientists Program." Available online and designed for use in second-and third-grade classrooms, "Brain Power!" focuses on the biological effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain. Coverage of this release appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune, Join Together Online, and Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly.

October 9, 2002 - NIDA Research and SAMHSA Physician Training Combine to Put Care for Opiate Dependence in Hands of Family Doctor. Buprenorphine, a new medication developed through more than a decade of research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will now become available to treat heroin and other opioid dependence through certification and training of physicians to use the medication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Coverage of this release appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Washington Times, CBS News, Associated Press, Reuters Health, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, The Deseret News, and Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly.

October 31, 2002 - NIDA Sponsors Frontiers in Addiction Research - A Series of Satellite Symposia - In Conjunction With Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Orlando. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) sponsored a series of satellite symposia in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in Orlando, Florida. A two-day NIDA mini convention Frontiers in Addiction Research a symposium Neurobiology of Relapse and a forum Minority Scholars: Research Accomplishments and Funding Opportunities at the National Institute on Drug Abuse were held during the Neuroscience 2002 conference in November.

November 4, 2002 - NIDA NewsScan

  • Scientists Say Now is the Time to Stop Smoking
  • Cocaine Use May Cause Increase in Coronary Calcium, an Indicator of Arteriosclerosis
  • Anti-depressant Bupropion May Alleviate Negative Mood Associated With Quitting Smoking
  • Favorable Outcomes Linked to Treatment Compliance
  • Special Supplement to Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Features Latest NIDA Research on Marijuana

As a result of NewsScan promotion, coverage appeared in Time, Health & Medicine Week, Medical Letter on the CDC & FDA, and Substance Abuse Letter.

November 5, 2002 - NIDA NewsScan Special Issue, NIDA Funding News

  • NIDA and Other Agencies Establish Research Network to Improve Substance Abuse Treatment Services in Criminal Justice Settings
  • NIDA Grants Will Improve Knowledge about Inhalant Abuse
  • $4.5 Million Awarded to Create Community Drug Abuse Prevention Trials Network
  • NIDA Initiative Designed to Make Substance Abuse Treatment More "Community Friendly"

As a result of NewsScan promotion, coverage appeared in Substance Abuse Letter, and Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly.

November 22, 2002 - NIDA Announces 2003 Science-based Resource Calendar for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In its ongoing initiative to raise awareness among cultural populations in the United States about the health risks of drug abuse and addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a special calendar for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). With the creative recommendations of leading AAPI individuals and organizations nationwide, the rich histories of the many Asian, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander cultures are captured in each month's graphics and text selections, several of which include translations.

December 16, 2002 - 2002 Monitoring The Future Survey Shows Decrease in Use of Marijuana, Club Drugs, Cigarettes and Tobacco. Results from the annual Monitoring the Future Survey of 8th, 10th and 12th grade students in U.S. schools indicate that use of marijuana, some club drugs, cigarettes and alcohol decreased from 2001 to 2002, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The Monitoring the Future Survey is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and is one of three major surveys through which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) monitors the nation's substance abuse patterns. Information from these surveys helps the nation to identify potential drug problem areas and ensure that resources are targeted to areas of greatest need. Coverage of this release appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters Health, CNN, CBS News, National Public Radio, Miami Herald, Bloomberg News, WebMD and Philadelphia Enquirer.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

October 2, 2002, Contemporary Pediatrics - "Club Drugs: Nothing to Rave About" -NIDA cited as information source.

October 27, 2002, The New York Times - "For Addicts, Relief May Be an Office Visit Away" - interview with Frank Vocci, PhD.

October 27, 2002, Time - "Is America Going to Pot?" - NIDA cited as information source.

December 16, 2002, Time - "Sweet as Candy Deadly as Cigarettes"- Interview with Wallace Pickworth, Ph.D.

December 17, 2002, The New York Times - "Teenage Drug Use Is Dropping, a Study Finds " -Interview with Glen R. Hanson, Ph.D., D.D.S.

Dr. Frank Vocci was interviewed by Mr. Brian Vastag for an article on Ibogaine which appeared in JAMA on December 25, 2002.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have begun a two-year, school-based science education partnership designed to inform students ages 12 to 15 about the dangers of drug abuse. This national information campaign will reach more than 8.5 million teens and teachers.

NIDA introduced a new elementary school curriculum: "Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientists Program." Available online and designed for use in second-and third-grade classrooms, "Brain Power!" focuses on the biological effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain.

Dr. Frank Vocci participated in the initial press conference on buprenorphine products on December 10 in Washington, D.C. Mr. Charles Curie, SAMHSA Administrator, Mr. Asa Hutchinson, DEA Administrator, Dr. Westley Clark, CSAT Director, Dr. Vocci and Mr. Odis Rivers presented at the press conference.

A CCTN training session entitled "How to Monitor Clinical Trials for GCP Compliance" that was conducted with members of the Network on August 11-12, 2002, in Seattle, Washington and was repeated again October 24-25, 2002, in Bethesda, Maryland.

EXHIBITS/CONFERENCES

November 7-10, 2002: American Indian Science and Engineering Society
November 7-10, 2002: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
November 9-13, 2002: American Public Health Association
November 13-16, 2002: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
November 19-21, 2002: National Conference on Tobacco or Health
December 12-15, 2002: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
January 9-11, 2003: Fourth Annual Juvenile and Family Drug Training Conference
February 11-14, 2003: Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America National Leadership Forum XIII
February 13-17, 2003: American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
February 19-22, 2003: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 9th Annual Meeting & Exposition
February 27- March 3, 2003: Council on Social Work Education



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