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NIDA News Release Contact: Beverly Jackson
Michelle Muth
FOR RELEASE, September 18, 2000

NIDA Clinical Toolbox Provides the Latest Information about Drug Treatment Strategies

Comprehensive science-based materials to be distributed to all drug treatment programs nationwide

Nearly 12,000 drug treatment programs around the country will benefit from years of drug abuse and addiction research thanks to the NIDA Clinical Toolbox: Science-Based Materials for Drug Abuse Counselors. The toolbox, packaged in a bright gray box with a large "TX" on the front, will be available later this month from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

"One of NIDA's mandates is to disseminate state-of-the-art research information about drug addiction and its treatment," explained Dr. Alan I. Leshner, NIDA Director. "Our understanding of drug abuse and addiction has literally been revolutionized by scientific research over the past decade," he continued. "This new toolbox provides treatment professionals with a wealth of materials on new and effective approaches to help patients with drug-related problems."

Dr. Leshner publicly introduced the toolbox today at Yale University, which is the New England node of NIDA's National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The Clinical Trials Network is a structured partnership of NIDA treatment researchers and community-based service providers aimed at cooperatively developing, refining, and delivering new treatment options to patients in community-level clinical settings.

The toolbox is similar to a magazine file box. Large enough to store all current NIDA drug treatment publications, it also has room for material that will result from future NIDA-sponsored research. As additional reports and materials are developed, NIDA will disseminate them to the treatment programs for inclusion in the toolbox.

This convenient, up-to-date resource for program counselors and managers contains:

NOTE: The publications also appear online at Drug treatment program staff and other interested parties will be able to obtain additional copies of the toolbox's contents free of charge. In addition, they will be able to order extra copies of the complete toolbox for a small shipping fee. Ordering information is available by calling the National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information at 1-800-729-6686.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and Spanish by calling NIDA Infofax at 1-888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 1-888-TTY-NIDA (889-6432) for the deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the Home page at

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