Nora D. Volkow, M.D., became Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in May 2003. Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, she has pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. Read more.
Drug criminalization disproportionately harms Black communities and exacerbates health disparities, NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow writes in a Health Affairs blog post entitled, “Addiction Should Be Treated, Not Penalized.” In the piece, Dr. Volkow makes the evidence-based case that a public health approach to addiction is needed.