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  • 1992


    Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Carter administration and Chief Domestic Advisor to President Johnson, starts The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The organization focuses on alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and addiction, and assembles under one roof the skills needed to assess the impact of all addictive substances in all sectors of society.

  • 1993

    First report released

    First report released. The Cost of Substance Abuse to America's Health Care System; Report 1: Medicaid Hospital Costs documents Medicaid hospital spending that is attributed to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.

  • 1995

    Concert of Hope airs on CBS

    Concert of Hope airs on CBS. Tony Bennett headlines and Roseanne Barr, Brandy, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patti LaBelle and Liza Minelli are featured. President Bill Clinton, Frank Wells, Betty Ford and Tony Bennett receive awards.

    First Teen Survey

    The Center releases its first Teen Survey - National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse I. The report surveys American parental and teen attitudes about addiction and substance use.

  • 1997

    Second Concert of Hope airs on CBS

    Second Concert of Hope airs on CBS. Natalie Cole headlines and performances by En Vogue, Kenny G, Tim McGraw and Wynonna are included. Event honors First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Staff testifies on report findings

    The Center staff testifies before a joint hearing of committees of the Michigan House of Representatives on the findings from the report, Behind Bars: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population.

  • 2001

    Family Day Launches

    Family DayTM launches in September, and is proclaimed by President George W. Bush. Family Day is a national movement to remind parents that frequent family dinners are an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.

  • 2002

    Susan E. Foster testifies: International Narcotics

    The Center's Susan E. Foster testifies before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Enforcing America’s Drug Laws: Is Small Town America Adequately Prepared for the Challenge?

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