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Innovative approach taken to identify emerging drug abuse patterns

CITAR will collaborate with scientists and physicians from Kno.e.sis at Wright State, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Toxicology Investigator’s Consortium to establish an innovative NIDA National Early Warning System Network (iN3). Designed to rapidly identify and disseminate information on emerging drug use patterns, the study combines data from medical toxicologists across the nation with discussion of emerging drug use trends on Social Media. The multi-principal investigator study is funded by the NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR), formerly the Division of Substance Abuse Intervention Programs (SAIP), is administratively housed within Boonshoft School of Medicine's Department of Community Health. It represents the focal point for substance abuse related services, academic research, and services research. Although the larger purpose of the Center is to advance the production, dissemination and utilization of scientific knowledge and professional technology regarding the epidemiology, consequences, prevention and treatment of substance abuse, its goals are directed at the understanding of substance abuse phenomena and their intervention and management in smaller and mid-sized cities and their surrounding suburban and rural communities.

CITAR was founded by a member of the Wright State University School of Medicine faculty, the late Harvey A. Siegal, Ph.D., in 1980. Dr. Siegal continued as director until his death in December 2004. Robert G. Carlson, Ph.D., professor of community health and a member of the CITAR staff since 1989, was appointed director in May 2005.

The following projects and programs currently operate within CITAR: Weekend Intervention Program (WIP); Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI) and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disability (RRTC); the Dayton Area Drug Survey (DADS); the Opioid Use Trajectories and HIV Risk Among Young Adults in Ohio study; and the Wright Health Study. In addition, the center provides consultation and program evaluation services.

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Free reprints of articles authored by CITAR staff are available by contacting the respective projects.


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