The Research Assistant Digest No. 10
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has established NewsScan, a World Wide Web page that provides news updates.  For more information, see  In the latest edition, learn about Baltimore's Therapeutic Workplace program, a work and training program designed to assist women live a drug-free life.

Through the Managed Care Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the "Behavioral Health Headlines" Database has been established.  Search for abstracts related to public sector health and behavioral health services.  See for more information.

Recently Published Studies
Tice DM, Bratslavsky E, and Baumesiter, RF.  Emotional distress regulation takes precedence over impulse control: If you feel bad, do it!  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80:1, 2001.  This study focuses on mood control and addiction.

Horton AM and McKay JR (eds.)  Special issue: Evaluating longer-term outcomes of treatments for drug and alcohol addiction.  Evaluation Review 25:2, 2001.

New CME Course Available Online 
Sign up today for a new online course, "Conducting Substance-Related Screenings and Brief Motivational Enhancement Interventions," and earn three CME credits.  Registration is just $30.   This course is designed to increase your knowledge about diagnostic criteria for substance abuse-related disorders and to provide a conceptual framework for understanding patients' motivation to change and the stages of change.  Sponsored by the DC/Delaware Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and the Delaware Division of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health, the course was developed by Danya International, Inc.  For more information, contact Linda Kaplan at or April Harris at  Both can be reached at (301) 565-2142.

Product Information
The Stigma Reduction Forum Video-Breaking the Stigma: Freeing Our Community's Voices (35 minutes).  Highlights from the Stigma Reduction Forum held September 28, 2000.  The purpose of the forum was to promote information sharing and to initiate strategies for reducing the stigma that affects patients, those in recovery and their families, and professionals in the field.  Price: $15.00.

(In Development)
Addiction-Related Stigma: A Practical Prevention Guide.  This guide is a companion document to The Stigma Reduction Forum Video.  It provides useful information about a variety of approaches to prevent addiction-related stigma.  These range from simple approaches, such as using stigma-free language and writing letters to the editor, to comprehensive prevention activities, such as developing a community action group and implementing a community-based media advocacy campaign.

~~~UPCOMING EVENTS (2001)~~~

March 18 to 24
National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.  For more information, see

March 20 to 23
American Foundation for AIDS Research National HIV/AIDS Update Conference, "AIDS Treatment and Care Translating Progress into Practice."  Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.  For more information, call Jennifer Attonito at (212) 806-1633 or send email to

March 21 to 24
Society for Behavioral Medicines 22nd Annual Meeting.  Seattle, WA.  For more information, send email to or see

March 23 to 25
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Seventh Annual Meeting.  Seattle, WA.  For more information, call (608) 836-3787, send email to or see

March 26 to 27
The SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services is the sponsor of "A National Mental Health Symposium to Address Stigma and Discrimination."  Baltimore, MD. 
March 31 to April 3
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare presents "In the Public Interest: Strategies and Solutions for Tomorrow." For more information, call (301) 984-6200 or see and click on 2001 Training Conference.

Alcohol Awareness Month.  For more information, see

April 2 to 8
National Public Health Week.  For more information, see

April 3
Sponsored by the Division of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, and the Division of Family Services (DFS), Delaware Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, with support from the DC/Delaware ATTC, announces "Partnering Systems: Making Treatment Work for Children and Families."  Target audience: DFS and Alcohol and Other Drugs professionals and administrators, managers, and supervisors in Delaware.  For more information, contact Susan McLaughlin at (302) 577-2711, Extension 210, send email to or call JoAnn Bruch at (302) 633-2690 or send email to

April 4 to 7
The Lonnie E. Mitchell National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Substance Abuse Conference Third Annual Meeting, "The Substance Abuse Dialogue Continues ... Research to Practice, Practice to Research: Redefining the Roles of HBCUs and the Faith Community."  Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, 110 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD.  For more information, call Jackie Johnson at (404) 756-5745 or send a fax to (404) 756-1459.

April 5
National Alcohol Screening Day.  For more information, see

April 6 to 8
Alcohol Free Weekend.  See

April 6
World Health Day.  See  The theme for this year for the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization is "Stop Exclusion-Dare to Care," and for the U.S., the theme is "Open Minds ... Open Doors."

April 10
"Prescription Drugs, Misuse, Abuse, and Addiction."  10 a.m., Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, Washington, DC.

May 29
"Bridging Neurobiological, Behavioral, and Prevention Sciences."  Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. 

June 16 to 21
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Inc., 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting,
Scottsdale, AZ.  For more information, see      

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has recently released "Shoveling Up: The Impact of Substance Abuse on State Budgets."  This report focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs and the effects on State budgets.  For more information, contact the CASA at 633 Third Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10017-6706, call (212) 841-5200, or review their Website at

Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other institutions have conducted a study using fruit flies to better understand cocaine addiction.  As a result, it is suspected that one of the molecules found may be a distant relative to the human dopamine transporter.  The full article on this study can be found in Molecular Pharmacology, 59:83-95, 2001.

Latina Juventud-Hable con Sus Hijos Sobre las Drogas y Sus Peligros (Latino Youth: Speak to Your Children About Drugs and Their Dangers-in Spanish).  For more information about this publication, see

Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy:  This group promotes a national drug policy from a human and economic standpoint. 

La Cocaina Abuso y Adiccion (Cocaine: Abuse and AddictionCResearch Report in Spanish)

Quit Commit, a Website designed to assist smokers with a smoking-cessation program.  For more information about the site, see


The National Institutes of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Small Research Grant Program
Eligibility: public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including local governments, universities, clinics, and foundations.
Description: designed to provide support for new investigators or researchers new to healthcare service issues and encourage preliminary, exploratory, or innovative research in new or previously unexamined areas. 
Deadlines: March 24, July 24, and November 24
For more information, call (800) 358-8547.  Also, see

The NIDA Division of Treatment Research has a Request for Proposal for "Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products for Addiction."
Eligibility: Organizations within the NAICS 541710 category and small businesses.
Description: To serve as a resource for developing and manufacturing dosage forms to be used in preclinical pharmacological and toxicological evaluations and clinical trials.
Deadline: April 19, 3 p.m. (local time)
For more information, contact David T. Lisle, Contract Specialist, by sending email to 

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