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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse
May, 1995


Diagnosis and Severity of Drug Abuse and Dependence NCADI BKD166
Provides clinicians and researchers summaries of the latest information, techniques and procedures regarding the diagnosis and severity of drug abuse and dependence.

Research Monographs

Discovery of Novel Opioid Medications--Research Monograph 147 NCADI M147
Reviews the pharmacology, neuropharmacology, and molecular biology of potential pharmacotherapies for opioids, novel opioids, and non-opioids.

Epidemiology of Inhalant Abuse: An International Perspective--Research Monograph 148 NCADI M148
Describes the epidemiology of inhalant use and abuse in the United States and in selected countries around the world. Discusses unique problems associated with investigations of inhalant abuse and suggests methodologies that might be utilized to investigate the high risk, difficult-to-reach groups who abuse inhalants in various countries.

Medications Development for the Treatment of Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children Born to Drug Abusing Mothers--Research Monograph 149 NCADI M149
Reviews the current treatment strategies and approaches for the development of pharmacotherapeutic agents for the treatment of pregnant addicts and their children/infants.

Integrating Behavioral Therapies with Medications in the Treatment of Drug Abuse--Research Monograph 150 NCADI M150
Latest research findings including state-of-the-art techniques and procedures regarding the integration of psychosocial and pharmacological treatments.

Problems of Drug Dependence, 1994: Proceedings from the 56th Annual Scientific Meeting--Volume I: Plenary Symposia and Annual Reports; and, II: Abstracts--Research Monograph 152 & 153 NCADI M152/NCADI M153
These two monographs contain the presentations from the 56th Annual Scientific meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Inc. which includes the comprehensive, up-to-date reviews of research in progress from many disciplines in drug abuse and dependence.

New Videos

Drug Abuse Treatment in Prison NCADI VHS72 $8.50
Portrays two comprehensive drug abuse treatment approaches that have been effective with men and women in State and Federal prisons.

LAAM: Another Option for Maintenance Treatment of Opiate Addiction NCADI VHS73 $8.50
Shows how LAAM can be used to meet the opiate treatment needs of individual clients from the provider and patient perspective. Compares and contrasts LAAM with methadone.

Drug Abuse and HIV: Reaching Those at Risk NCADI VHS74 $8.50
Shows how three intervention models educate out-of-treatment injection drug users about AIDS, about the behaviors that transmit the disease, and about strategies that reduce the risk of contracting AIDS. Focuses primarily on indigenous leader community outreach.

Other Publications

A Conference Report: "Biological Mechanisms and Perinatal Exposure to Abused Drugs" edited by Pushpa V. Thadani and conference participants was published in the March 1995 issue of SYNAPSE 19:228-232, 1995. This Conference report resulted from a Technical Review held in June, 1994.

The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Drug Study (DC*MADS) final report, Prevalence of Drug Use Among DC Women Delivering Livebirths in DC Hospitals: 1992, will be printed and distributed by NIDA in May. The report examines the prevalence of illicit drug, alcohol, and cigarette use among DC resident women who delivered livebirths in DC hospitals, using data from interviews, medical record abstraction, and anonymous urine drug testing results. The report also provides information on demographic and household characteristics, prenatal care services received, infant birthweight and gestational age, and medical problems experienced by drug-using and drug-free mothers and their newborn infants. It also describes the relationship between drug use during pregnancy and infant birthweight.

Dr. Haverkos co-published an article in Genetica [95:157-164, 1995] on "Measuring Inhalant Nitrite Exposure in Gay Men: Implications for Elucidating the Etiology of AIDS-Related Kaposi's Sarcoma."

Dr. Mac Horton, with Jack Blaine MD, Chief of the Treatment Research Branch, and Lee Towle, former Director of International and Intergovernmental Affairs at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, edited the publication Diagnosis and Severity of Drug Dependence.

Fletcher, B.W., Inciardi, J.A., and Horton, A.M. (editors). "Drug Abuse Treatment: The Implications of Innovative Approaches," published by Greenwood Press.

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