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NIDA’s Dr. Wilson Compton receives Health and Human Services Meritorious Service Award


November 07, 2013

Dr. Wilson Compton and HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusDr. Wilson Compton and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Dr. Wilson Compton, director of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, was one of ten people to receive the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service, which recognizes employees for their sustained excellence and for inspiring others to improve their performance.  Awards were presented on October 31st during a ceremony that recognized 35 groups or individual employees in five award categories for their achievements in 2012.  Dr. Compton was recognized for outstanding cross-agency collaborations, linking NIDA with the multiple Health and Human Services and outside agencies to reduce tobacco use and prescription drug abuse, and to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment systems.

At NIDA, Dr. Compton manages a complex research program addressing the extent and causes of drug abuse and addiction; the development of prevention strategies; as well as research into how to organize, finance and implement services to best treat addiction. He has also been leading an effort jointly sponsored by NIDA and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products to field a large scale longitudinal population study to assess the impact of new tobacco regulations. Dr. Compton has also been a member of the DSM-5 Task Force and the Substance Use Disorders Workgroup for the past five years.

For more information on Dr. Compton, see www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/organization/divisions/division-epidemiology-services-prevention-research-despr/office-director-od.

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

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    NIDA. (2013, November 7). NIDA’s Dr. Wilson Compton receives Health and Human Services Meritorious Service Award. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2013/11/nidas-dr-wilson-compton-receives-health-human-services-meritorious-service-award

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