NIH News Advisory
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Thursday, September 14, 2000
Contact: Beverly Jackson or
Michelle Muth
(301) 443-6245

Local contact Sept. 18&19:
Sheryl Massaro

Street Children and Drug Abuse: Social and Health Consequences

What: A international working meeting to discuss and define a research agenda for addressing the social and health consequences of drug abuse by the world's street children.
Who: The National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
The World Health Organization
International experts in the field
When: Monday, September 18, 1:30 p.m. -
Tuesday, September 19, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Marina Beach Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, California
Ph. 310-301-3000
Why: Drug abuse is one of the problems encountered by street children around the world. At this meeting, experts will discuss ongoing research on street children and the relationship to drug abuse, violence, and HIV and other infectious diseases; identify effective intervention programs; and develop plans for continuing international research to address this serious issue.

Media are invited to attend. For more information and to register, call the NIDA Press Office, 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