Effectively Breaking the Cycle of Drugs and Crime:
Research and Treatment Provide the Answers

A Congressional Briefing Sponsored by The Friends OF NIDA
In conjunction with The Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

On March 15, the Friends of NIDA held a very successful briefing entitled, "Effectively Breaking the Cycle of Drugs and Crime: Research and Treatment Provide the Answers", which served to raise awareness of NIDA's Criminal Justice Addiction Treatment Services (CJDATS) research portfolio. The speakers included Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who provided an overview of the NIDA criminal justice treatment research portfolio. Dexter Manley, Director of Community Outreach, Second Genesis, Inc. and a former NFL football player, shared his journey through addiction, prison, treatment, and recovery. APA Fellow Dwayne Simpson, PhD, Director of the Institute of Behavioral Research, Texas Christian University, detailed treatment research results involving partnerships between scientists, offenders and the criminal justice system. The briefing drew over 120 guests, including personal and committee staff from 50 House and Senate offices.

We were especially pleased that Congressman Patrick Kennedy (Co-Chair of the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus with Congressman Jim Ramstad), took time out of his busy schedule to provide concluding remarks on the importance of substance abuse research, funding and parity.

Dr. Volkow's presentation [PowerPoint]

Dr. Simpson's presentation [PowerPoint]

NIDA fact sheet on drugs and crime [PDF]

Pictures from the briefing:

Dexter Manley

Dexter Manley, former NFL linebacker and two-time Superbowl champion shared his journey through addiction, prison, treatment and recovery.
briefing audience

The briefing drew over 120 guests, including personal and committee staff from 50 House and Senate offices.
Dwayne Simpson

Dwayne Simpson, PhD
Congressman Patrick Kennedy

Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Congressman Patrick Kennedy and speakers

Congressman Patrick Kennedy with the speakers.
Nora Volkow

Nora Volkow, MD