The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Efforts to Combat Drug Addiction

James Bornemeier, a New York City-based writing and editing consultant and former journalist for the Los Angeles Times and Philadelphia Inquirer, presents the broad history of the Foundation’s efforts to address addiction to drugs (as distinct from addiction to alcohol) in this chapter of the Anthology. Bornemeier, as the author of a similar wide-ranging review of the Foundation’s efforts to curb smoking in an earlier Anthology, is well suited to write this chapter. He found that although there are some similarities between the Foundation’s grantmaking in tobacco and drug addiction, its work to curb drug addiction lacked the long-term strategic focus and impact that characterized its tobacco work. Bornemeier concludes the chapter by exploring the reasons why the one (tobacco) was effective and the other (drug addiction) was less so.

In this chapter of the Anthology, Bornemeier writes that he has, "provided a snapshot of the major Foundation drug-addiction programs and an assessment of their overall impact. Having made more than 1,300 grants addressing drug addiction, in whole or in part, the Foundation has surely been a giant, but how in the coming years will its effectiveness be judged?"