NIDA to Announce New Public Health Initiative: 'Prescription Drugs: Misuse, Abuse, And Addiction'

News Conference and Research Update

Tuesday, April 10, 2001



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Institute on Drug Abuse

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by
 the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
 
     WHAT:      A press conference, followed by a research update, to raise
                awareness about recent trends in the misuse and abuse of
                prescription drugs in the United States.
 
     WHO:       The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the
                National Institutes of Health, and several partners, including:
                AARP,
                American Academy of Family Physicians,
                American Pharmaceutical Association,
                National Association of Chain Drug Stores,
                National Community Pharmacists Association,
                National Council on Patient Information and Education , and
                Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
 
     WHEN:      Tuesday, April 10, 2001
                10 am:  Press Conference
                1 pm:  Research Update
 
    WHERE:      National Press Club - Holeman Lounge
                529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
                Washington, DC
 
     WHY:       An estimated 4 million people 12 years or older used controlled
                sedatives, stimulants, or opiates for non-medical reasons in
                1999, with almost half of them reporting that they used
                prescription drugs non-medically for the first time in the
                previous year.  NIDA's initiative will seek to increase
                awareness of this disturbing trend in the misuse and abuse of
                prescription drugs and to promote additional research on this
                topic.
 
    WEBCAST:    Both the Press Conference and Research Update will be available
                via a webcast at http://www.drugabuse.gov starting at 10 a.m.
 
     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 .
 
                                     Agenda
      Prescription Drugs: Misuse, Abuse, and Addiction: A Research Update
 
     1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.     Welcome
                               Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.
                               Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
 
     1:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.     Biological Bases of Drug Tolerance and
                                Dependence
                               Alice Young, Ph.D.
                               Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and
                                Behavioral Neurosciences
                               Wayne State University
 
     1:35 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.     An Epidemiologic Overview of Prescription Drug
                                Misuse
                               Howard Chilcoat, Sc.D.
                               Associate Professor, Department of Mental
                                Hygiene
                               Johns Hopkins University
 
     1:55 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.     Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the Elderly
                               Kenneth Schmader, M.D.
                               Associate Professor of Medicine -- Geriatrics
                               Duke University Medical Center
 
     2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.     First-Half Wrap-up and Discussion
 
     2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.     Break
 
     2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.     Pharmacotherapy of ADHD and Later Substance
                                Abuse
                               Timothy E. Wilens, M.D.
                               Director, Substance Abuse Services
                               Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit
                               Massachusetts General Hospital
                               Associate Professor of Psychiatry
                               Harvard University
 
     3:05 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.     Physicians' Decisions To Prescribe Potentially
                                Addictive Medications
                               Richard L. Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
                               Associate Professor, Department of Family
                                Medicine
                               University of Wisconsin Medical School
 
     3:25 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.     Substance Abuse Issues in Chronic Pain
                                Management
                               Steven Passik, Ph.D.
                               Director of Oncology Symptom Control Research
                               Community Cancer Care, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
 
     3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Wrap-up and Final Discussion
 
     CONTACT:  Beverly Jackson, Michelle Muth, or Blair Gately, 301-443-6245,
 all of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
 
 

SOURCE National Institute on Drug Abuse
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by
 the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
 
     WHAT:      A press conference, followed by a research update, to raise
                awareness about recent trends in the misuse and abuse of
                prescription drugs in the United States.
 
     WHO:       The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the
                National Institutes of Health, and several partners, including:
                AARP,
                American Academy of Family Physicians,
                American Pharmaceutical Association,
                National Association of Chain Drug Stores,
                National Community Pharmacists Association,
                National Council on Patient Information and Education , and
                Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
 
     WHEN:      Tuesday, April 10, 2001
                10 am:  Press Conference
                1 pm:  Research Update
 
    WHERE:      National Press Club - Holeman Lounge
                529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
                Washington, DC
 
     WHY:       An estimated 4 million people 12 years or older used controlled
                sedatives, stimulants, or opiates for non-medical reasons in
                1999, with almost half of them reporting that they used
                prescription drugs non-medically for the first time in the
                previous year.  NIDA's initiative will seek to increase
                awareness of this disturbing trend in the misuse and abuse of
                prescription drugs and to promote additional research on this
                topic.
 
    WEBCAST:    Both the Press Conference and Research Update will be available
                via a webcast at http://www.drugabuse.gov starting at 10 a.m.
 
     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 .
 
                                     Agenda
      Prescription Drugs: Misuse, Abuse, and Addiction: A Research Update
 
     1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.     Welcome
                               Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.
                               Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
 
     1:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.     Biological Bases of Drug Tolerance and
                                Dependence
                               Alice Young, Ph.D.
                               Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and
                                Behavioral Neurosciences
                               Wayne State University
 
     1:35 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.     An Epidemiologic Overview of Prescription Drug
                                Misuse
                               Howard Chilcoat, Sc.D.
                               Associate Professor, Department of Mental
                                Hygiene
                               Johns Hopkins University
 
     1:55 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.     Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the Elderly
                               Kenneth Schmader, M.D.
                               Associate Professor of Medicine -- Geriatrics
                               Duke University Medical Center
 
     2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.     First-Half Wrap-up and Discussion
 
     2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.     Break
 
     2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.     Pharmacotherapy of ADHD and Later Substance
                                Abuse
                               Timothy E. Wilens, M.D.
                               Director, Substance Abuse Services
                               Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit
                               Massachusetts General Hospital
                               Associate Professor of Psychiatry
                               Harvard University
 
     3:05 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.     Physicians' Decisions To Prescribe Potentially
                                Addictive Medications
                               Richard L. Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
                               Associate Professor, Department of Family
                                Medicine
                               University of Wisconsin Medical School
 
     3:25 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.     Substance Abuse Issues in Chronic Pain
                                Management
                               Steven Passik, Ph.D.
                               Director of Oncology Symptom Control Research
                               Community Cancer Care, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
 
     3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Wrap-up and Final Discussion
 
     CONTACT:  Beverly Jackson, Michelle Muth, or Blair Gately, 301-443-6245,
 all of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
 
 SOURCE  National Institute on Drug Abuse