Friends of NIDA to host Capitol Hill briefing on military personnel, veterans and their families and substance abuse research

The congressional briefing, organized by APA's Science Government Relations Office, will cover the National Institute on Drug Abuse's current and planned research portfolio in this area, as well as ongoing partnerships with the DoD, the VA and other NIH Institutes.

On March 11, the Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) coalition will host a Capitol Hill briefing titled "Military Personnel, Veterans and Their Families: How Substance Abuse Research is Effecting Positive Change," organized by APA's Science Government Relations Office as part of the coalition's Charles S. Schuster Congressional Briefing Series. This briefing is sponsored by 23 organizations in conjunction with the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. 

Presenting at the briefing will be Michael Kilpatrick, MD, deputy director, Force Health Protection and Readiness Programs for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness; Nora D. Volkow, MD, director of the NIDA, who will provide an overview of the institute's current and planned research portfolio in this area and ongoing partnerships with the Department of Defesne (DoD), VA, and other NIH Institutes; Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family Social Science & Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, who will present on ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Skills), a resilience-promoting program that builds skills in military families by training parents in core effective parenting skills; and Kathleen Carroll, PhD, professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, who will discuss recent developments in science based therapies for addiction that can be applied to military personnel, veterans and their families, as well as areas of importance for future research.

Program officials will also be available to discuss a 2013 research initiative, "Prevention and Health Promotion Interventions to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Associated Physical and Psychological Health Problems in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families." This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was jointly issued by NIDA, DoD, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD/HA),the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). There are two mechanisms of support, an R01 and an R34. The purpose of the FOA is to accelerate research on health promotion and prevention interventions with foci on reducing the onset and progression of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse (including illicit and prescription drugs) and associated mental and physical health problems and on the promotion of health-enhancing behaviors among active-duty or recently separated military troops, veterans and their families. 

For more information and to RSVP for the briefing contact Christine Jamieson.