Tracing its origin back 60 years to the Research Division of the United States Narcotics Farm--a treatment facility for opiate addicts located in Lexington, Ky.--the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has grown into the world's largest drug addiction research facility.


"This institute intramurally and extramurally provides 85 percent of the world support for research on drug abuse and addiction," remarks Alan I. Leshner, NIDA's director. "Our 1995 total budget for all of that is $437 million." While stressing that the figure is not large, he acknowledges that "that's not a bad budget by general NIH standards": Seven out of the 17 institutes have larger budgets. According to the 1995 budget report of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), $1.2 billion was spent by the united States government on preventing drug abuse.

George Uhl NIDA Researcher George Uhl and...

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