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NIDA: Celebrating a Quarter Century of Scientific Progress

NIDA's 25th Anniversary Symposium

Scientific Symposium and Evening Event for the Public

Masur Auditorium
Clinical Center, Building 10
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

September 27, 1999

Twenty-five years ago, many people incorrectly viewed drug abuse as a character flaw. Today, thanks to the research accomplishments of hundreds of scientists, we have moved far beyond such simplistic ideologies to a better understanding of the complex biological, behavioral, social and public health aspects of drug abuse.

We now know that while initial experimentation with drugs may be voluntary, continued use actually changes the brain in fundamental and long-lasting ways. These changes trigger the compulsive drug-seeking behaviors that are the hallmarks of drug addiction.

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To view the meeting, go to, on the NIH Videocasting site.

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