Addiction Studies Program was created by Wake Forest University School
of Medicine and National Families in Action in 1999 and funded by a
science-education grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
NIDA funds 85 percent of the world’s research on drug abuse and addiction.
The program served journalists exclusively and was renewed in 2004 for
an additional five years. Two new partners joined the collaboration
in 2005, the Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania
and the National Conference of State Legislatures. A new NIDA grant
enabled partners to create a similar program for state legislators.
Forest University School of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s mission is to improve the
health and well-being of all people by cultivating the discovery, teaching,
and applications of biomedical knowledge. Centerpiece of Wake Forest
University Health Sciences, the medical school is a $100-million research
community, with much of its funding coming from the National Institutes
of Health. It maintains nationally recognized research centers in cancer,
drug abuse, human genomics, hypertension and vascular disease, investigative
neuroscience, stroke, ultrasound, women’s health, and many other disciplines,
including its newest, the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health.
Families in Action
National Families in Action helps families and communities prevent children
and adolescents from using alcohol, tobacco, and other addictive drugs
by employing strategies grounded in science and law. It created and
is implementing the Parent Corps, a national effort to develop a leadership
corps of parents who
educate other parents in their child’s
school about the impact of addictive drugs on the brain and body.
Parent Leaders motivate parents to protect their children’s health,
safety, and well-being by mobilizing them to form parent groups to
prevent their children from using addictive drugs. Modeled after the
Peace Corps, the Parent Corps is funded by the Corporation for National
and Community Service.
The Treatment Research Institute is dedicated to reducing the devastating
effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on individuals, families,
and communities by employing scientific methods and disseminating
evidence-based information. Founded in 1991 as a private, non-profit
research organization, the institute helps convey the results of research
to policymakers, treatment providers, prevention organizations, and
the families of those affected by substance abuse. It applies research
findings to real world settings, evaluating what works, what doesn’t,
and why, and disseminating that information to practitioners and policymakers.
Conference of State Legislatures
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization
that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states,
its commonwealths and territories. The Conference provides research,
technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange
ideas on the most pressing state issues. It is an effective and respected
advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and
federal agencies. The Conference fulfills information requests, provides
publications, maintains a web site, offers consulting services, conducts
meetings, and lobbies the administration and Congress on behalf of