National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention
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As communities around the country consider how best to prevent
drug use, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is convening its 2nd
National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research to bring together the
nation's premier researchers, prevention practitioners and policymakers. Five
years ago, when drug use was increasing among youth at an alarming rate, NIDA
hosted its first national conference to encourage community leaders to consider
how science-based information can be applied to local drug problems. NIDA's
2nd conference, August 9-10 in Washington, DC, will continue the dialogue
begun in 1996. Sixty speakers and 800 participants from around the country
will exchange views on the most effective approaches to stemming drug use
by the Nation's youth. The outcome will be a significant update of NIDA's
well-regarded guide to drug abuse prevention for communities.
"Prevention research has continued to add specifics and
show how carefully constructed, science-based programs can significantly reduce
drug use," says NIDA Director Dr. Alan I. Leshner. "The task at
this conference is to further the discussion of ways to facilitate the adaptation
and use of these important findings in real-life settings."
Note to reporters: An agenda for the conference and more
information is available on NIDA's Web site at www.drugabuse.gov. To arrange
interviews, call the NIDA Press Office at 301-443-6245.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes
of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more
than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse
and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure
the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in
policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and
other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and Spanish through
NIDA Infofax at 1-888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 1-888-TTY-NIDA (889-6432) for
the deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA research and other
activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov.