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

May, 1998


Research Monographs

Laboratory Behavioral Studies of Vulnerability to Drug Abuse--Research Monograph 169, NIH Pub. 98-4122.
This monograph provides comprehensive information on methodological and paradigmatic issues, as well as recommendations for future research directions in the field of behavioral laboratory research on vulnerability to drug abuse.

The Problems of Drug Dependence, 1997: Proceedings from the 59th Annual Meeting of The College on Problems of Drug Dependence--Research Monograph 178, NIH Pub. 98-4305.
This monograph contains the results from an annual meeting and is comprised of comprehensive, up-to-date reviews of research in progress from many disciplines in drug abuse and drug dependence. It is fully indexed by subject and author, and offers the state-of-the-art on many areas encompassing many disciplines in drug abuse research.

Other Publications

Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse: Community Epidemiology Work Group--June 1997 Volume II: Proceedings, NIH Pub. 98-4208A.
This publication provides an in-depth analysis of epidemiologic trends and special reports as described at the annual meeting of the Community Epidemiology Work Group.

International Epidemiology Work Group on Drug Abuse--June 1997: Volume II: Proceedings, NIH Pub. 98-4208B.
This report provides a forum for representatives of different nations and regions of the world to exchange information about current drug abuse patterns and trends; emerging drugs of abuse; risk factors; vulnerable populations; consequences of use; sources of data/information; and methods of collecting, analyzing and reporting data/information.

Assessing Drug Abuse Within and Across Communities, NIH Pub. 98-3614.
This publication serves as a guide for the development of community based networks which could provide ongoing assessment of the epidemiology of drug abuse in local areas in the United States with the purpose of keeping both public and private sector policy makers and researchers informed with current and accurate data.

Drug Abuse Research and the Health of Women (Executive Summary), NIH Pub. 98-4290.
This publication contains condensed versions of presentations and discussion sessions from the 1994 NIDA sponsored conference, "Drug Addiction Research and the Health of Women."

This conference brought together leading researchers to present state-of-the-science findings, discuss research issues and challenges confronting the field, and lay the framework for NIDA's research agenda in this important area.

Drug Abuse Research and the Health of Women, NIH Pub. 98-4289.
This publication builds on presentations from the 1994 NIDA sponsored conference, "Drug Addiction Research and the Health of Women." The chapters in this volume contain in-depth, state-of-the-science reviews that highlight much of what is known about the epidemiology, etiology, health, social, and behavioral consequences of drug abuse and addiction. Biological mechanisms underlying these processes and legal, prevention, and treatment issues surrounding drug abuse and addiction are also discussed. The material presented in this publication clearly illustrates the breadth and complexity of drug abuse-related issues that affect women's health.

Perspectives on Rural Substance Abuse: Summary of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Symposium on Rural Drug Abuse - Administrative Report, February, 1998.
This publication provides an executive summary of the meeting and an agenda for epidemiologic, etiologic and intervention research in rural areas.

Spotlight on Depiction of Health and Social Issues: A Resource Encyclopedia for the Entertainment Community.
NIDA collaborated with the Entertainment Industries Council for the printing and distribution of 5,000 Depiction Notebooks for distribution to the entertainment industry for use in preparing movies, TV shows and cable programming, and to assure accurate depiction of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., Ed.D., published a paper on the "Comorbidity of Drug Abuse Treatment" in the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 19(2), pp. 79-90, 1997.

Weinberg, N.Z., Rahdert, E., Colliver, J.C., Glantz, M.D. Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Review of the Past 10 Years. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 37, pp. 252-261, 1998. This widely circulated article reviews and synthesizes the research literature on adolescent drug abuse published in the last decade.

Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction Series A Community Reinforcement Plus Vouchers Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction, NIH Pub. 98-4309.
This publication recommends that four life problem areas in addiction to drug craving be addressed in counseling sessions with all patients, although the number and duration of time spent on each area may vary depending upon negative drug urine test results. Tests are incrementally scheduled in order to promote increased periods of abstinence.

A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction, NIH Pub. 98-4308.
This publication discusses a variety of implementation and administrative issues. Topics include possible modifications to the format and duration of the treatment model without reducing its clinical integrity, and appropriateness of patients with certain symptoms for the treatment approach.

Research Report Series

Methamphetamine: Abuse and Addiction, NIH Pub. 98-4210.
This Research Report provides scientific information on methamphetamine abuse. It describes methamphetamine and related drug analogues (e.g., MDMA); how it enters the body; current epidemiological data regarding its abuse; and the short-term and long-term effects of abuse with an emphasis on how it affects the brain.


September/October 1997 - NCADI NN0025.
This issue features results from NIDA's Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study. The issue also reports findings that morphine shrinks nerve cells in the brain. NIDA's cooperative work with Latin American countries to advance drug abuse research is also reported. Another article describes drug abuse education materials for middle school students.

November/December 1997 - NCADI NN0027.
The lead article in this issue reports on NIDA's Heroin Conference in Washington, D.C. Other articles discuss the conclusions of two panels: one on effective medical treatment of heroin addiction, and the other on the need for research on medical potential of marijuana. Another feature article looks at recent progress in research on pain relief.

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