Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction:
Myths vs. Reality

A Town Meeting


Agenda


8:30 a.m.

Welcoming and Introductory Remarks

Kenneth D. Stark
Director
Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
Department of Social and Health Services

The Honorable Jim McDermott
U.S. Representative, 7th District, Washington

Alonzo Plough, Ph.D.
Director
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health

Ed Hidano
Assistant Secretary
Health and Rehabilitative Services
Department of Social and Health Services

9:00 a.m.Keynote Address

Understanding Drug Abuse & Addiction: Myths vs Reality
Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.
Director
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health

10:30 a.m.Break and NIDA Research Gallery
11:00 a.m.

Plenary Presentation

Pharmacotherapies/New Addiction Treatment Medications

Frank Vocci, Ph.D.
NIDA Division of Treatment Research and Development

Brain Targets of Drugs of Abuse

T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D.
Neuroscience and Aging Institute
Loyola University Chicago, School of Medicine

12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.

"Bridging the Gaps: Policy-Practice-Research"

This unique roundtable discussion will address strategies for disseminating critical scientific research data for the purpose of improving treatment and prevention programs, shaping public policy, and overcoming myths and misinformation about drug abuse and addiction.

Merwyn R. Greenlick, Ph.D., Panel Facilitator
Professor and Chair
Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University

Panelists

Norma Jaeger
Alcohol and Drug Coordinator
Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
King County, Washington

Ron Jackson
Executive Director
Evergreen Treatment Services

Dennis M. Donovan, Ph.D.
Director
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
University of Washington School of Medicine

Jack Wilson
Prevention Specialist
Snohomish County Human Services Department

Dave Knutson
Research Analyst
Children and Family Services Committee
House of Representatives
Washington State Legislature

Kenneth D. Stark
Director
Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
Department of Social and Health Services

2:15 p.m.

Workshop A

Workshop B

  • How Do Addictive Drugs Affect the Brain?

    T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D.
    Neuroscience and Aging Institute
    Loyola University Chicago, School of Medicine

    Charles Chavkin, Ph.D.
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
    University of Washington School of Medicine

Workshop C

Workshop D

Workshop E

Workshop F

  • New Medications Development and Treatment

    Frank Vocci, Ph.D.
    NIDA Division of Treatment Research and Development

    Andrew J. Saxon, M.D.
    Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System
    University of Washington School of Medicine

5:00 p.m.Adjourn

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