Leading the Search for Scientific Solutions
To address all aspects of drug abuse and its harmful consequences, NIDA's research program ranges from basic studies of the addicted brain and behavior to health services research. NIDA's research program develops prevention and treatment approaches and ensures they work in real-world settings. In this context, NIDA is strongly committed to developing a research portfolio that addresses the special vulnerabilities and health disparities that exist among ethnic minorities or that derive from gender differences.
Bringing Science to Real-World Settings
National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).
The CTN "road tests" research-based drug abuse treatments in community treatment programs around the country.
- Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS). Led by NIDA, CJ-DATS is a network of research centers, in partnership with criminal justice professionals, drug abuse treatment providers, and Federal agencies responsible for developing integrated treatment approaches for criminal justice offenders and testing them at multiple sites throughout the Nation.
Sharing Free Information With the Public
NIDA further increases the impact of its research on the problems of addiction by sharing free information about its findings with professional audiences and the general public. Special initiatives target students and teachers, designated populations, and ethnic groups.
NIDA's Special Initiatives for Students, Teachers, and Parents
NIDA Goes Back to School - site for grade school, middle school, and high school students and teachers to order free resources for their own use or for use in classrooms.
Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body - A drug education series created by NIDA and SCHOLASTIC INC. for students in grades 6 to 12.
NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse - An interactive Web site geared specifically for teens, with age-appropriate facts on drugs.
Drug Facts Chat Day - A Web chat between NIDA scientists and teens, held through school computer labs once a year.
National Drug Facts Week - A week-long observance that encourages community-based events between teens and scientists.
Publications on Prevention and Treatment Principles
Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders - NIDA's research-based guide for preventing drug abuse among children and adolescents provides 16 principles derived from effective drug abuse prevention research, and includes answers to questions on risk and protective factors, as well as community planning and implementation.
Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide - This guide summarizes the 13 principles of effective treatment, answers common questions, and describes types of treatment, providing examples of scientifically based and tested treatment components.
Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations: A Research-Based Guide - NIDA's research-based guide for treating drug abusers involved with the criminal justice system provides 13 essential treatment principles, and includes answers to frequently asked questions and resource information.
For more information: NIDA's publications are available free of charge and are orderable from the NIDA Drugpubs Web site. The NIDA site also contains additional research-based information about drugs, drug abuse, and addiction. You can also order NIDA's materials by calling NIDA's Drugpubs Research Dissemination Center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.