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  • 2005

    Prescription drugs report

    Under the Counter: The Diversion and Abuse of Controlled Prescription Drugs in the U.S. report released, which exposes the sharp increase in prescription drug misuse and easy access to prescription drugs online.

    The Center testifies: Investigations on prescription drugs

    Califano testifies before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on the Diversion and Abuse of Controlled Prescription Drugs in the United States.

  • 2006

    Women under the Influence

    The Johns Hopkins University Press publishes Women under the Influence—the first comprehensive book about women and addiction.

  • 2007

    Internet Drug Trafficking

    Califano testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on “Rogue Online Pharmacies: The Growing Problem of Internet Drug Trafficking” stemming from the Center's You’ve Got Drugs! public policy report.

    High Society published

    Public Affairs Press publishes Califano’s book, High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It, based on Center research.

  • 2009

    The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Testifies

    Release of Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets, which reveals 96 cents of every federal and state taxpayer dollar spent on addiction pays for health care, crime and social consequences—and only 2 cents goes to prevent and treat the disease.

    President Barack Obama proclaims Family Day

    President Barack Obama, all 50 U.S. governors and more than 1,000 mayors and county executives proclaim and support Family Day.

  • 2011

    Release of Adolescent Substance Use

    Release of Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem, which declares teen smoking, drinking, misusing prescription drugs and using illegal drugs a public health problem of epidemic proportions.

  • 2012

    Califano becomes Chairman Emeritus

    Califano becomes Chairman Emeritus of the Center Board of Directors. Jeffrey B. Lane is elected to succeed Califano as Chairman of the Board.

    Release of Addiction Medicine

    Release of Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice, which reveals that addiction treatment is largely disconnected from mainstream medical practice. The landmark report examines the science of addiction and the profound gap between what we know about the disease and how to prevent and treat it versus current health and medical practice.

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