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Dr. Herbert D. Kleber was one of the most influential figures in transforming how the nation addresses addiction. One year after his passing, at the age of 84, we honor his memory by retracing his life and career, from an aspiring psychologist to a founder of The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (now Center on Addiction) and beyond.

Today we honor Dr. Herbert D. Kleber by sharing thoughts and memories from four colleagues who had the privilege of working with him.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is panel of national health experts who make recommendations about evidence-based preventive services. They do this by determining whether there is sufficient evidence that a preventive service is beneficial and does not cause harm. The Affordable Care Act requires preventive services recommended by the USPSTF to be covered by insurance without cost sharing; meaning they are free to most patients who have health insurance.

Inspired by our early research into the factors that help prevent teens from using substances, we created Family Day in 2001. Our goal at the time: to encourage families to eat dinner together more often. Over the years, we’ve continued to study how families can build strong, healthy relationships that prevent future substance use. Now, Family Day has evolved to recognize all the simple, little things parents and caregivers do with their kids that make a big difference.

People treated my son’s death from an overdose differently. I put together a list of things I believe are helpful — and not helpful — to those like me, in the hopes that people can better understand where I’m coming from.

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