Members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Although illicit drug use is lower among U.S. military personnel than among civilians, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, are much more prevalent and are on the rise. Learn more
Friends of NIDA Congressional Briefing
March 11, 2013: Washington, D.C. - Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families: How Substance Abuse Research is Effecting Positive Change, hosted by the Friends of NIDA in conjunction with the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.
- How Substance Abuse Research is Effecting Positive Change (PDF, 2.3 MB) - Dr. Wilson Compton, NIDA
- Evaluation of a Web-Enhanced Parenting Program for Military Families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT (PDF, 590 KB) - Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, University of Minnesota
- Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families: How Substance Abuse Treatment Research is Effecting Positive Change (PDF, 1.3 MB) - Dr. Kathleen Carroll, Yale University School of Medicine
- Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk After Leaving Hospital (NIMH Press release November 2014) - Related link - Army STARRS
- Addressing Drug Abuse in the Armed Forces (Messages From the Director, November 2012)
- Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces (Report from the Institute of Medicine, September 17, 2012)
- Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (STARRS), an collaboration of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School, and NIMH.
- Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families (Directors Perspective, NIDA Notes, November 2009)
- September 25, 2014 - NIH and VA address pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families
- August 26, 2010 - Studies on Combat Related Substance Use and Abuse to be Funded by NIH and VA
Current Research Findings
- Helping military families through the deployment process: Strategies to support parenting
- Posttraumatic stress symptoms among National Guard soldiers deployed to Iraq: Associations with parenting behaviors and couple adjustment
- Alcohol use after combat-acquired traumatic brain injury: What we know and don't know
- Military Combat Deployments and Substance Use: Review and Future Directions
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse - National Library of Medicine, NIH
- www.abovetheinfluence.com - Office of National Drug Control Policy
- healthfinder.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Past information on many drugs of abuse is available on our Archives site.
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.
- NIDA Clinical Trial Locator - answer a few simple questions and get contact information for Clinical Trials near you.
Other Clinical Trials information sources:
- NIH Clinical Trials and You - NIH site that helps explain about clinical trials and why people participate.
- NIDA Trials at ClinicalTrials.gov - a resource of federally and privately supported clinical trials.
- Clinical Research Studies from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) - a NIDA coordinated network of research institutions conducting human trials on drug abuse solutions.
- Research Studies at NIDA Intramural Research Program - located in Baltimore, Maryland.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse. Substance Abuse in Military Life Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/substance-abuse-in-military-life