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Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR)

What We Do:

DESPR promotes epidemiology, services and prevention research to understand and address the range of problems related to drug abuse in order to improve public health.

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Research Interests:

DESPR supports the full range of drug abuse epidemiology, prevention, and services research. Within these domains, areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to the following:

Major Goals:

  • Promote the development of new theoretical approaches to epidemiology, services and prevention research – Program Contact: Meyer Glantz
  • Determine how intrapersonal and environmental factors interact with each other and with genetic factors across development in the course of drug abuse/addictions and related HIV risk behaviors – Program Contacts: Kevin Conway, Naimah Weinberg
  • Develop effective strategies to ensure that evidence-based practices are optimally utilized in the development of services to prevent and treat drug abuse/addictions – Program Contacts: Redonna Chandler, Belinda Sims

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Mailing Address:

Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 5153, MSC 9589
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9589
Phone: (301) 443-6504
Fax: (301) 480-2543


This page was last updated December 2011

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