NIDA Celebrates 50 Years – Comments from NIDA Director Nora Volkow, MD

NIDA Director Nora Volkow, MD, has a new commentary piece out in the American Journal of Psychiatry: Drugs and Addiction Science: NIDA Celebrates 50 Years of Research and Looks to the Future (published online May 6, 2024, doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.20230880)

From the piece:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)—first established in 1974 as part of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration and in 1992 becoming part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—is the largest funder of research on drug use and addiction in the world. Over its 50-year history, NIDA’s work has led to tremendous progress in advancing science and improving individual and public health. But the overdose epidemic at hand is a powerful reminder that there is much more to be done. Commemorating NIDA’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to acknowledge the significant advances that have been made in addiction science, as well as take stock of the remaining gaps and challenges and affirm our commitment to championing research that can improve the lives of those who are at risk or suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD).

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