The Science of Addiction | The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

The science of addiction

What we study

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is engaged in a wide range of research. We review the latest science on addiction, survey attitudes, examine the impact of addiction and risky substance use and develop tools and guides to improve prevention, treatment and policy. We also design and evaluate specific addiction prevention and treatment initiatives, often in partnership with other organizations.

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is developing tools to help pregnant women and new mothers, who may be at risk for child abuse and neglect, get access to treatment and support through home visiting programs.

In collaboration with the Truth Initiative, The City University of New York and New York University, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is examining trends in tobacco use (including e-cigarettes) among young adults on college campuses in New York City. 

There is solid evidence that the active ingredients in marijuana are effective in treating and relieving symptoms associated with some medical conditions, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and wasting in HIV/AIDS.

Few people are routinely screened by their doctors for risky substance use. This collaboration seeks to design and evaluate ways of incorporating addiction prevention and treatment into current care procedures at a New York health system.

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