The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), along with NIDA's African American Researchers and Scholars Work Group (AARSWG), convened a 1-day Mini Medical School, Understanding Drug Addiction: Focus on African Americans, at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 21, 2008, for health care professionals, researchers, and members of the community interested in understanding the needs of substance abusers and addiction in the African American community. Scientists and physicians lectured on topics that covered the process of addiction, psychopharmacology, addiction treatment and services, issues arising from substance abuse and its research implications, and HIV/AIDS and other related co-morbidities. The AARSWG presented an award of exemplary leadership to Dr. Lula Beatty, Chief, SPO. The Mini Medical School was cosponsored by Morehouse School of Medicine, Community Voices, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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