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FAQs About The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse 

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse informs Americans of the economic and social costs of addiction and substance abuse and its impact on their lives; assesses what works in prevention, treatment and disease management; and encourages every individual and institution to take responsibility to reduce these health problems. The organization strives to provide health care providers, policymakers and individuals with the tools they need to succeed and to remove the stigma of addiction, replacing shame and despair with hope.

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In January 2016, CASAColumbia reverted to a shorter version of our former name: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. The “at Columbia University”  had become a source of confusion because not only are we not located near a Columbia campus,  but we are an independent non-profit organization with our own board of directors, senior leadership, and staff who are not Columbia employees. Confusion about our name increased in 2014 when we added Yale University, New York University, the City University of New York, and Northwell Health (formerly North Shore LIJ) to our group of scientific collaborators. Although we continue to collaborate with Columbia University on several projects, our board of directors and Columbia leaders mutually agreed that our identity should be clarified by removing the appearance of a controlling entity or exclusive academic partner from our business name.

Many people working in or writing about the substance use, abuse, and addiction field refer to us as CASA and that remains part of our logo. However, CASA is the registered acronym of the Court Appointed Special Advocates, and to avoid another area of name confusion, we prefer use of our full name, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, or “the Center.”

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To request a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse expert to speak at your event, please contact Andrea Roley or Michelle Conley or mail a request to 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Written requests must include date, time, location and expected audience size and makeup.

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is funded by grants from federal and state agencies, as well as private and corporate foundations and by charitable donations from the public.

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  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): Proposals for human subjects research are reviewed and approved by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s IRB. It is made up of individuals both inside and outside of the organization, with different backgrounds and skill sets, to assure complete and adequate review of research
  • Peer-Reviewed Research: The majority of our studies have been peer-reviewed through the scientific review group processes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Regardless of source of funding, all research must comply with NIH guidelines related to the protection of human subjects.
  • National Advisory Commissions: We assemble an independent advisory commission for all of our major reports. Each commission is made up of nationally known experts in the field who review and evaluate the policy questions, study design and methodology, evaluation of data, and conclusions and recommendations 
  • Data Analysis: Our data analysis experts are responsible for conducting statistical analyses for each policy report and research article. Experienced researchers on staff are responsible for reviewing and approving data analysis, methodology and the dissemination of  findings
  • Journal Publications: Our major policy reports are designed for public audiences, including professionals working in the fields of addiction and substance abuse prevention and treatment. Findings from our research are often submitted for publication in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. 

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The content included on this website is free and available to download for personal, non-commercial use. If you wish to reproduce these items, please see our guidelines below.

Guidelines

  • The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization and does not endorse people, products or businesses. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s publications cannot be reproduced in a way that suggests our endorsement of an organization or approach to prevention or treatment
  • The CASA logo may not be used without prior written consent detailing how and when it will be used
  • When using The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s publications or press releases, please provide proper citation: 
    • The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. (year). Title in italics with no caps. New York: Author.
  • Please e-mail us at contact@centeronaddiction.org for all other permissions  

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If your organization would like to link to our website, please e-mail your request to webmaster@centeronaddiction.org with your organization’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address and note what page you plan to link to and where it will appear on your site. We reserve the right to decline any link requests.

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse receives many requests from individuals and organizations around the world to link to their site. To request a link from centeronaddiction.org to your website, please send an e-mail request to webmaster@centeronaddiction.org. Your request and site will be reviewed by our web team and if appropriate, a link will be added.We are not a treatment facility and does not provide links to specific treatment providers. We reserve the right to decline any link requests. 

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You can order by calling (212) 841.5228. Postage is free to the U.S. and Canada. All other international deliveries require a Federal Express or UPS account number.

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You can further our efforts to change the way America addresses addiction and substance abuse by making a tax-deductible donation today. More details, including an online donation form, can be found on our donation page. You can also donate over the phone by calling us at (212) 841.5228 or donate by mail. Please select a one-time gift or a sustaining gift, which will automatically repeat each month or quarterly.

Please email donation@centeronaddiction.org with any questions about your contribution.

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