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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Commentary on Grabowski (2010): ‘The Name Game’

Dr Grabowski’s [1] provocative article supports the integration of the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) and even proposes a name for this new agency. My response is both on  of caution and trepidation. I suspect that there are more factors in this complex matter that must be considered, and I fear that the arguments for the National Institute on Substance Use Disorders (NISUD) focus mainly upon the disorders and addiction side of NIDA and NIAAA at the serious
diminution of environmental and other social forces that continue to impact significantly substance use and abuse.   > > > > 

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