United States of America

NIDA, National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA was established in 1974, and in October 1992 it became part of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute is organized into divisions and offices, each of which plays an important role in programs of drug abuse research.

Website:  http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDAHome.html

The Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site

Stanton Peele has been investigating, thinking, and writing about addiction since 1969. His first bombshell book, Love and Addiction, appeared in 1975. Its experiential and environmental approach to addiction revolutionized thinking on the subject by indicating that addiction is not limited to narcotics, or to drugs at all, and that addiction is a pattern of behavior and experience which is best understood by examining an individual's relationship with his/her world. This is a distinctly nonmedical approach. It views addiction as a general pattern of behavior that nearly everyone experiences in varying degrees at one time or another.

Website: http://www.peele.net


RAND, a non-profit institution dedicated to improving public policy through research and analysis. They have conducted many influential studies of alcohol and other drug policies over the years. Some of their recent work is now available online.

Website: http://www.rand.org 

Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC), University of Washington

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Washington State University, Pullman

The purpose of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at Washington State University is to promote research on substance abuse within the state of Washington. This program receives a portion of alcohol taxes and distributes the money to substance abuse researchers for pilot grant projects. The program also sponsors seminars on substance abuse, helps to buy pertinent library materials, and assists in the recruitment of faculty having research expertise in the field of substance abuse.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), University of Washington, Seattle

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to support and facilitate research and research dissemination in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.

Website: https://www.washington.edu/research/research-centers/alcohol-and-drug-abuse-institute/

ARU, Addiction Research Unit/University at Buffalo

Website: http://www.buffalo.edu/departments/details?id=923&q=Unit

Alcohol Research Group (ARG), Berkeley

The Alcohol Research Group (ARG) has been engaged in epidemiological studies of alcohol and health services research since 1959. ARG is the home of one of fifteen National Alcohol Research Centers funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). While the majority of ARG grants are funded by NIAAA, other grants have been awarded from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Current research focuses on alcohol and drug use and related problems, health services research, policy analysis, and the study of community responses and interventions. Groups studied include the general population and specific populations, such as individuals in treatment, welfare recipients, pregnant women, emergency room patients, and homeless persons.

Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies conducts, coordinates, and promotes basic and clinical research on the causes, prevention and treatment of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. We are one of 14 Alcohol Research Centers supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from the NIAAA, our private donors, and the citizens of North Carolina.

Website: http://www.med.unc.edu/alcohol

CAAS, The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

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Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), University of California, San Francisco

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) was established in 1986 to: ·Conduct local, national, and international interdisciplinary research on methods to prevent HIV infection and its consequences. ·Stimulate collaboration among academic researchers, public health professionals, and community-based organizations. ·Train new scientists to conduct AIDS prevention research. ·Disseminate knowledge, skills, and effective research and prevention models. ·Contribute to policy development related to the HIV epidemic at local, state, national, and international levels. ·Analyze and resolve ethical issues related to HIV research, prevention, and care. ·Collaborate with scientists from developing countries to conduct AIDS prevention research.

Website: http://www.caps.ucsf.edu

CASA, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) was established in 1986 to:

  • Conduct local, national, and international interdisciplinary research on methods to prevent HIV infection and its consequences.
  • Stimulate collaboration among academic researchers, public health professionals, and community-based organizations.
  • Train new scientists to conduct AIDS prevention research. ·Disseminate knowledge, skills, and effective research and prevention models.
  • Contribute to policy development related to the HIV epidemic at local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Analyze and resolve ethical issues related to HIV research, prevention, and care.
  • Collaborate with scientists from developing countries to conduct AIDS prevention research.
    Link: https://ccsso.org/resource-library/national-center-addiction-and-substance-abuse-casa


Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies (CDAS), University of Delaware

Website: https://www.cdhs.udel.edu/

Center for Prevention Research, University of Kentucky

The Center for Prevention Research at the University of Kentucky was established in October 1987 with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was the first such center funded by NIDA. The Center is a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary social science institute focusing on rigorous scientific investigation into the effects, predictors, and prevention of social behaviors whose abuse carries health costs. Here are some of the projects or areas of study recently completed or currently on-going at the Center: alcohol abuse and prevention, drug abuse and prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, School Health Education Profile, HIV/AIDS care needs assessment, institutional research analysis and assessment, Kentucky Youth Survey, pathological gambling among college students and prevention, prevention program assessments, program assessments, school violence prevention, sensation-seeking indicators and treatment models for substance abuse, smoking cessation, substance abuse prevention, teen violence prevention.

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/prc/center-descriptions/university-kentucky.htm

CEDAR, The Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research

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Drug Dependance Research Center, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, the University of California, San Francisco

We are interested in the study of the pharmacology, physiology and psychology of commonly abused drugs in humans. Although the toll of drug abuse is well known, the mechanisms by which drugs produce their effects are often obscure. We seek to clarify the effects of abused drugs and find better methods of treating the complications resulting from drug abuse. We work exclusively with humans and use experimental paradigms where pharmacologically active doses of abusable drugs are studied under controlled laboratory conditions in volunteers. Co-investigators on the projects which follow are Drs. Reese Jones, John Mendelson, Debra Harris, Peyton Jacob III and Neal Benowitz.

Harvard Medical School, Division on Addictions

The mission of the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School is to strengthen worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information. Our ultimate goal is to alleviate the individual, social, medical, and economic burdens caused by addictive behaviors. The Division will offer encouragement, education, and training to both the next generation of health care workers who treat addictive disorders and to scientists who study addiction. The Division will provide knowledge to public policy makers and the public alike. Finally, the Division will provide a message of compassion, tolerance, acceptance, and hope by representing Harvard's commitment to the advancement of addiction science.

The Heffter Research Institute, Santa Fe

Website: http://www.heffter.org

IDAP, Institute for Drug Abuse Prevention, Indiana University

The Institute for Drug Abuse Prevention is a multidisciplinary research and service Institute that coordinates drug abuse prevention research, training, and service activities, and provides a "research and service infrastructure" to support such activities. The Institute was established in 1990 to expand the opportunities for interdisciplinary involvement in drug abuse prevention and to remove barriers to interdepartmental collaboration. Institute projects include applied prevention research, evaluation and survey projects, operation of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, and provision of technical assistance to other agencies.

Website: https://directory.iu.edu/dept/details/BL/344

MAPS Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based non-profit research and educational organization with about 1800 members. We assist scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the healing and spiritual potentials of MDMA, psychedelic drugs and marijuana.

Website: http://www.maps.org

RIA, Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, NY

Thirty-three years of groundbreaking addictions research. The mission of today's RIA is to contribute to the following broad areas of addictions research: etiology, prevention, and treatment; social, psychological, and neurophysiological aspects; and health and medical aspects.

Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers The State University, New Jersey

The Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS) is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to acquisition and dissemination of knowledge on psychoactive substance use and related phenomena with primary emphasis on alcohol use and consequences. The Center's broad program of basic and applied research is conducted by scientists drawn chiefly from the biological sciences (principally biochemistry and neuropharmacology), psychology (both clinical and experimental), and sociology. The Center's broad mission is organized around five central themes: To conduct research (basic, clinical, and applied) on the nature, development, etiology, and treatment of psychoactive substance use, misuse, abuse, and dependence by employing relevant biological, psychological, and sociocultural paradigms. To develop, implement, and evaluate theory-driven prototypical clinical, prevention, and educational programs and services for appropriate target populations and constituent communities. To facilitate the transfer and utilization of the Center's expertise by providing educational and training experiences for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and professionals in basic knowledge, the conduct of research, and the delivery of clinical and prevention services; and, to adapt and extend this expertise and knowledge to other individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies in the community. To provide broad access to the knowledge base essential to students, researchers, clinicians, prevention and education specialists, and concerned others by identifying, organizing, and disseminating the fundamental empirical, theoretical, and practical literature of the field through a multi-formatted collection. To assist agencies and organizations, public and private, charged with the responsibility to formulate policy in the analysis of issues related to psychoactive substance use, misuse, abuse, and dependence.

Drug Policy Alliance (USA)

Drug Policy Alliance is the USA's leading organization working to end the war on drugs and promote new drug policies based on common sense, science, public health and human rights. The Alliance, headquartered in New York City, maintains offices in California, Washington, DC, New Mexico, and New Jersey. Ethan Nadelmann is the executive director.

Website: http://www.drugpolicy.org/

Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF)

The Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) is the largest, independent, non-profit foundation in North America devoted solely to supporting research on the effects of alcohol on health, behavior and prevention of alcohol-related problems. The Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1982 with the support of the malt beverage industries of the United States and Canada. This important relationship continues today. Headquartered in Baltimore, the Foundation has supported research projects of more than 360 academic investigators at over 170 universities and research institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Many of North America's top researchers formed the basis for their groundbreaking work with Foundation grants early in their careers.

Website: https://fconline.foundationcenter.org/grantmaker-profile/?key=ALCO011

Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

The Center for Addiction and Pregnancy (CAP) offers an innovative approach to help mothers and infants deal with the physical, emotional and social problems caused by addiction. CAP, an outpatient and residential program, provides a comprehensive, coordinated and multidisciplinary approach to one of our greatest problems today: drug-dependent mothers and their drug-affected babies.

DRCnet, Drug Reform Coordination network

The Drug Reform Coordination Network was founded in 1993 and has quickly grown into a national network of more than 21,000 activists and concerned citizens including parents, educators, students, lawyers, health care professionals, academics, and others working for drug policy reform from a variety of perspectives, including harm reduction, reform of sentencing and forfeiture laws, medicalization of currently schedule I drugs, and promotion of an open debate on drug prohibition. DRCNet opposes the prison-building frenzy and supports rational policies consistent with the principles of peace, justice, freedom, compassion and truth. Each of these has been compromised in the name of the Drug War.

Website: http://drcnet.org