A working group of experts in the field of substance abuse research met at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in a series of meetings in 1997 to:
During the first meeting in January 1997, the working group examined 23 hypotheses posed as explanations for the increases in adolescent drug use.
Out of that discussion, most of the panelists agreed on the following statements:
In a second series of meetings, the working group recommended various research approaches to explain the rise in adolescent drug use. Among them: