NIH News Advisory
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Monday, June 11, 2001

Blair Gately

Scientists Gather in Scottsdale To Discuss Advances in Drug Abuse Research
Researchers from Southwest Among Those Presenting Research Findings
More than 1,000 scientists, including several Arizona researchers, are meeting June 16-21 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the 63rd annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) to discuss the latest findings on drug abuse and dependence. A broad range of research will be presented on numerous issues, including how drug dependence develops, adolescent drug use, gender differences in effects of drugs, and advances in prevention and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. The meeting, partially sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Dr. Alan I. Leshner, Director of NIDA, will address the conferees at 8:30 a.m. during the Plenary Session on Sunday, June 17. Donald Vereen, of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will follow Dr. Leshner on the program.

Highlights include the following:

The media is invited to attend the meeting. For more information on the meeting and for an online program, go to the CPDD web site at

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