DoD and National Institutes of Health Take on Substance Abuse in the Military

By Ian Graham : June 29, 2009

WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Improved recognition, treatment and prevention of substance abuse among servicemembers is the focus of a recent collaboration between the Defense Department and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a senior defense official said.  “Readiness for the military mission is always our primary reason for existence,” said Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, the Military Health System’s director of strategic communications. “The health of our men and women in uniform is really critical to sustain that readiness.”  Kilpatrick spoke about department programs to prevent substance abuse, provide counseling and study the causes for substance abuse in the military during a June 24 audio webcast, “Armed With Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.”  Dr. Timothy Condon, deputy director of NIDA, joined the show to discuss a NIDA initiative to study substance use and abuse in U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families.  NIDA hosted a public, multi-agency meeting in January to assess understanding and knowledge of substance abuse in the military environment. The agencies identified knowledge gaps, opportunities and possible complications regarding behavioral research and study in the military, Condon said.  “I think this was a very enlightening experience for both those who were part of the armed forces as well as those who were part of the academic community,” he said. “There really was a meeting of the minds.”

http://www.army.com/news/item/5527

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One Response to “DoD and National Institutes of Health Take on Substance Abuse in the Military”

  1. Military Health Says:

    The Institute of Medicine recently released recommendations on how the DoD can combat the use of tobacco among service members, so the Military Health System has launched a debate where people can share opinions about the its findings and whether the DoD can/should ban tobacco. Join the debate at http://bit.ly/PkgV9


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