Scientists Discuss Critical Issues in Addiction at National Conference

Substance abuse policy research symposium

In 1999, the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research, San Francisco, organized and convened a scientific conference, and preceding on substance abuse policy research.

The University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health & Aging and Institute for Health Policy Studies, in conjunction with Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., established the Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research in 1997 to promote informed decision-making on public and private substance abuse policy in California through timely, scholarly, and objective research.

Key Results

  • The symposium and conference, held May 20–23, 1999, in San Francisco were the first major public activities of the Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. The scientific conference — "Critical Issues in Addiction" — focused on:
    • The science of addiction.
    • Prescription drug abuse among the elderly.
    • Access to addiction treatment.

    H. Westley Clark, M.D. director of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, gave the keynote presentation on federal drug policy.

    Eighteen other presenters spoke at the conference, discussing topics, which included the neurology of substance abuse, the economic costs, and age-related pharmacologic issues.

    The conference proceedings appeared in the October–December 2000 issue of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, a peer-reviewed journal.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided partial support for the conference with a grant of $49,951 between February 1999 and November 1999.