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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA is not only seizing upon unprecedented opportunities and technologies to further understanding of how drugs of abuse affect the brain and behavior, but also working to ensure the rapid and effective transfer of scientific data to policy makers, drug abuse practitioners, other health care practitioners and the general public. The NIDA web page is an important part of this effort.

Recovery Network

To serve individuals, families and communities, in the privacy of the home with prevention and recovery information, interaction and support concerning substance use and abuse, addiction to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and behavioral and mental health problems, through a television and radio network, online services, and a national help line.


4th Grader Passes Drug Around -- 14 Become Ill
Los Angeles Times, 9/24/98

Fourteen fourth-grade students at Haddon Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima were rushed to emergency rooms Wednesday morning after they swallowed a white powder believed to be cocaine or methamphetamines that one of the children apparently found and shared with classmates, authorities said.

4th Graders Suffer Illness After Possibly Ingesting LSD
San Jose Mercury News, 9/24/98

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fourteen youngsters got sick or dizzy or began hallucinating Wednesday when a fourth-grader brought what a doctor believed to be LSD and shared it with classmates, authorities said.

Teens Design Web Site on Tobacco Dangers
Contra Costa Times, 9/20/98

Solano County kids are using the power of the Internet to influence their peers against smoking. Members of the Solano County Tobacco-Free Youth Network have designed a Web site alerting young people to the growing use of tobacco in movies and television.

Web Site:

Schools Are Critical of Prop 8 Drug Plan
Contra Costa Times, 9/20/98

Some East Bay educators say Wilson's zero tolerance proposal (contained in proposition 8) would unfairly set punishment without considering circumstances.  At a time when more young people aren't getting high just on life, Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to expel most students caught with drugs sounds like a timely, get-tough approach to ridding schools of drugs.

Anti-Drug Program Disappoints Schools
Contra Costa Times, 9/13/98

Many of the U.S. Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act grants to local schools are being used for unrelated purposes

WASHINGTON -- For a dozen years, the U.S. Department of Education has poured nearly $6 billion into an ambitious yet flawed program that has fallen far short of its mission to control violence and narcotics abuse in the nation's public schools.

California's War on Tobacco -- Mixed Results
Sacramento Bee, 9/9/98

There is good news and bad news in California's ongoing war against cigarette smoking. First the good news: California in the past 10 years has led the nation in getting adults to kick the habit, the result of public health efforts that have become an international model of success. Now the bad: The state's huge tobacco control program, begun in 1989, lost steam beginning in the mid-1990s, and the pace of quitting among adults has slowed.

Study Finds Tobacco Products in Newborns
Chicago Tribune, 8/24/98

Researchers have found the first direct evidence that a cancer-causing substance from tobacco is transmitted to fetuses by pregnant smokers.

Colleges Try To Stop Alcohol Abuse
Washington Post, 8/23/98

Freshmen at Virginia Tech will get something more than a sandwich and potato chips at the traditional welcome picnic today: a discussion led by state Attorney General Mark L. Earley (R) about alcohol abuse.

Drug Use Among Teens Rose in '97, Survey Finds
Chicago Tribune, 8/22/98

WASHINGTON -- Drug use by young people increased last year, led by rising marijuana smoking among teenagers who view it as a low-risk "soft drug," according to a government survey Friday.

Pot, Crack may Hike Cancer Risk Study Says
Los Angeles Times, 8/19/98

Long-term marijuana or cocaine smoking might increase the risk of lung cancer, suggests a small study that compared tissue samples from people who smoke tobacco and illegal drugs.

This study was done through the National Cancer Institute.

Cigar Smoking Causes Several Cancers and Lung and Heart Disease
Press Release, National Cancer Institute, 4/10/98

A report released today by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md., shows that daily cigar smoking causes cancers of the lip, tongue, mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, and lung, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease and coronary heart disease.

Teen Gambling Rising -- Survey Calls it the 'Silent Addiction'
Chicago Tribune, 8/16/98

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- The rapid growth of legalized gambling in the United States and Canada has drawn more and more teenagers into games of chance, researchers reported Saturday.

Controlling the Habit -- Epilepsy Drug May Stop Physical and Behavioral Cravings for Cocaine and Nicotine, Scientists Find
Los Angeles Times, 8/6/98

An epilepsy drug that is widely used in Canada and Europe may be able to block the craving for cocaine, nicotine and other addictive drugs, researchers from the Brookhaven National Laboratory said Wednesday.

Insurance Coverage Urged for Substance Addictions
Contra Costa Times, 7/29/98

WASHINGTON -- Addiction experts urged lawmakers Tuesday to require health insurance plans to cover alcoholism and drug abuse treatment the same as illnesses such as diabetes.

Helping Youngsters Chart a New Course
In TopSail Program, Youths From Troubled Environments See New Horizons

Los Angeles Times, 7/19/98

For 20 years, the schooner Swift of Ipswich belonged to actor James Cagney, who regularly sailed the 70-footer for pleasure before it was turned into a roadside curiosity in Newport Beach and eventually sold to a wealthy Santa Barbara restaurateur.
     The Swift's sister ship, Bill of Rights, was the oceangoing equivalent of a dude ranch. As a charter boat on the East Coast, it hauled loads of well-to-do landlubbers who hankered for a taste of the sea.
     Today, both schooners are fixtures in the Port of Los Angeles, but they no longer play host to society's elite or armchair yachtsmen.
     Under the current ownership, their mission has become more altruistic--carrying troubled youngsters from the county's toughest neighborhoods and providing them a few lessons about seamanship and life.

New Anti-Drug Ads Called into Question
Contra Costa Times, 7/15/98

Just days after the federal government launched an unprecedented $195 million anti-drug ad campaign to address climbing teen drug use, critics are already questioning the new spots that are appearing on television, on the radio, in newspapers and on the Internet.

Millions More For Drug War -- Clinton wants expansion of special court system
Sacramento Bee, 7/12/98

President Clinton, urging Americans not to become complacent over dramatic declines in drug use over the last decade, continued to build his anti-drug message Saturday, announcing $32 million in federal grants to expand drug courts and curb a disturbing uptick in methamphetamine use.

Anti-drug Ads Flood the Media
Contra Costa Times, 7/9/98

Anti-drug advertisements will appear nationwide today on television, radio, newspapers and the Internet as the federal government launches an unprecedented $195 million media campaign aimed at reducing drug abuse among young people. The effort will debut as the 15th-largest current advertising campaign in the country, outpacing those by American Express, Nike and Sprint.


Nicotine Additiction. NIDA Research Report, 7/27/98

Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Nicotine. NIDA, 7/27/98.

Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction. NIDA Research Report, April, 1998.


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