History - About Us
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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