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

September, 2000

Planned Meetings

NIDA, the World Health Organization, and the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition will co-sponsor an international meeting, "Street Children and Drug Abuse: Social and Health Consequences," on September 17-19, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA, to examine the connections between street kids, violence, and drug abuse. At this meeting, NIDA will launch an updated research report that will discuss recent studies on the use of inhalants among adolescents in the United States, with the goal of alerting the public to the widespread use of inhalants and the dangers inherent in such use.

November 1-2, 2000. NIDA, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Alcohol and Drug Program Administration, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will co-sponsor a conference, "Blending Clinical Practice and Research to Enhance Drug Addiction Treatment" in Los Angeles, CA, to disseminate research-based information on drug abuse and addiction. Researchers and practitioners will examine ways to enhance ongoing efforts to ensure that research is incorporated into practice settings.

"The Science of the Placebo: Toward an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda," will be held November 19-21, 2000 in Natcher Auditorium, NIH, Bethesda, MD. NIDA is a co-sponsor in this trans-NIH meeting and Dr. Lisa Onken is a member of the Executive Committee that is organizing this conference.

National CTN Steering Committee Meetings are planned for the follow dates and locations: September 19-20, 2000, in Philadelphia, PA; and October 30, 2000, in Los Angeles, California.

A second CTN Kick-Off Meeting is planned for October 31, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA, for the second group of new grantee awards for the CTN RFA.

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