Friends of NIDA Bring Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment Research to the Hill
In conjunction with the House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, The Friends of NIDA coalition held another successful congressional briefing on March 27. APA took the organizational lead, while 23 scientific societies and professional organizations cosponsored the event to educate congressional staff on the topic of “Implementing Effective Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System.”
Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) began the briefing with an overview of NIDA’s criminal justice substance abuse treatment research portfolio. Psychologist and Temple University Professor Steven Belenko, PhD, followed with a presentation on the need to expand effective substance abuse treatment for offenders to enhance public safety. Linda Jalbert, a drug court graduate and former legislative assistant for Senator Susan Collins, concluded the briefing by sharing her story of addiction, prison, treatment, and recovery.