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NCJ Number: 126876 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Abuse: Research on Treatment May Not Address Current Needs
Author(s): J L Shikles; A B Jojokian; R M Martinez; N Donovan; J L Guilliams-Tapia
Corporate Author: Experience Education
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 41
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The U.S. General Accounting Office assessed the current state of knowledge regarding drug abuse treatment, identified what has influenced the state of knowledge, and examined current activities at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop such knowledge.
Abstract: During the 1980's, when the nature of the drug abuse problem fundamentally changed, knowledge on how to treat drug abuse advanced slowly. The lack of a strategic plan to direct drug abuse search and the lack of emphasis on training drug abuse researchers also slowed progress in understanding how to treat drug abuse. Current knowledge on the effectiveness of drug abuse treatment is limited by the lack of recent large-scale evaluations of treatment programs and methodological shortcomings of existing evaluations. Also, little is known about how to match patients with the most appropriate treatment, the effectiveness of specific components of treatment programs, and the treatment of individuals addicted to new drugs. Despite the recent cocaine and crack epidemic, NIDA's treatment research program has given priority to developing therapies for addiction to heroin and other opiates. Gaps in treatment knowledge have thus not been overcome because NIDA does not have a strategic research planning process and its treatment research priorities do not adequately address current needs. NIDA funding, however, has increased from $85,392,000 in fiscal year 1986 to $379,734,000 in 1990. Recommendations to develop a strategic plan for drug abuse treatment research are offered. Additional information on NIDA-funded research is provided in appendixes. 8 figures
Main Term(s): Drug research; Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; National Institute on Drug Abuse
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