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National conference on drug abuse prevention research

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored a National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research.

The two-day conference took place in Washington, September 19–20, 1996.

Key Results

  • The conference was attended by 766 people from more than 500 organizations.
  • It featured:
    • Keynote addresses by by Donna E. Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and General Barry R. McCaffrey, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
    • Presentations by senior scientists highlighting the key components of effective prevention strategies.
    • Work group discussions featuring community leaders and practitioners.
  • NIDA produced a proceedings of the conference. (Available online.)

Key Recommendations

Conference participants made recommendations concerning the essential characteristics of future community-based drug abuse prevention initiatives. These included:

  • Research and implementation methods need to be refined.
  • Communications between concerned agencies, organizations, communities, and individuals should be improved.
  • Long-term funding is necessary to sustain effective programs.
  • Programs must address the particular needs of minority populations in the community, and create a multicultural approach to drug abuse prevention.
  • More linkages among concerned agencies would foster improved collaborations.
  • Parents should be involved at the policy-making level.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $30,276 from August 1996 to January 1997 to support attendance by 28 educators, civic leaders, and law enforcement personnel who were outside NIDA's regular list of invitees.

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