Dates of Program: July 1994–December 2009
Field of Work: Substance Abuse Policy Research
Problem Synopsis: According to a 2001 report from researchers at Brandeis University, "There are more deaths, illnesses and disabilities from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Of the more than 2 million deaths each year in the United States, approximately one in four is attributed to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use."
Synopsis of the Work: The Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP), funded investigator-initiated projects that identified and assessed policies to reduce the harm caused by substance abuse, and it worked to ensure that the understanding gained from the research would be used by decision-makers in the public and private sectors. The program's goals were:
- To support research projects that will produce policy-relevant information about ways to reduce the harm caused by the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs in the United States.
- To take a proactive and dynamic stance to communicating with policy-makers, and to work with funded researchers to maximize their capacity to communicate research findings to policy-makers, advocates, and the media.
- To grow the field of substance abuse policy research by supporting senior investigators and attracting new researchers to the field.