Provides journalists with the latest findings on the science of drug abuse and addiction and commonly abused drugs, and lists resources for more information.
Published: December 2009
Revised: December 2012
Author: National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA's Public Information and Liaison Branch: NIDA's Link to the Media
We are committed to bringing timely, factual information on addiction and treatment to the press and public. NIDA's Public Information and Liaison Branch (PILB) is part of NIDA's Office of Science Policy and Communications. Linking scientists, the scientific community, and the media, PILB supports the rapid dissemination of research information to inform policy and to improve practice. NIDA's goal is to ensure that science – not ideology or anecdote – forms the foundation of public information on drug abuse and addiction.
Contact the NIDA Press Office for information and access to experts, research, news, and information.
This guide was developed by PILB as part of the Institute's mission to close the gap between the public's impressions about drug abuse and the knowledge gained from scientific research on addiction and substance abuse.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.