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Center on Addiction is a science-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Our purpose is to find, promote and enact the necessary solutions to end America’s deadly addiction crisis.

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The number of lives lost to drugs continues to rise. Research shows that if the opioid epidemic continues, over half a million people will die in the next decade.

We won’t allow this to happen. We hope you won’t either.

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Turn Research into Results

Research is at the core of what we do and have been doing for more than 25 years. But, we are more than a research organization. We take action. Armed with our deep understanding of addiction, we’re working to ensure these effective prevention and treatment strategies are implemented wherever a need exists.

Mobilize and Educate Families

We make research relatable so families can put our knowledge to work. By empowering parents and caregivers with information, we hope to dramatically improve the odds that young people will avoid or overcome addiction.

And, we’re not just stopping there. We’re igniting a movement that will bring together families and put an end to the heartbreak.

Modernize Our Treatment System

We provide world-class consulting services to our nation’s health care providers so they have the tools to provide patients with the quality of care they deserve. We facilitate change in health care systems and emphasize the implementation of evidence-based practices.

Advocate for Effective Policies

We make recommendations on health, justice, education and regulatory policies to change the culture around addiction and replace stigma with compassion and science. We counsel lawmakers and policymakers on how to implement the best strategies to take on addiction.

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> 260 published articles published by Center on Addiction researchers

“I applaud your exemplary role in building communities free from the devastation of alcohol and drug abuse.

Your compassionate service empowers people and gives them the hope and purpose they need to succeed.”
—Former-President Barack Obama
"I commend Center on Addiction for working to keep children drug free and for its commitment to improving treatment, assisting those struggling with addiction, and developing sound public policy."
-Former-President George W. Bush
“I appreciate your dedicated efforts as we work to reduce substance abuse and provide all young people and parents with the knowledge they need to lead healthy, happy lives.”
-Former-New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

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