Federal agencies welcome ideas for developing new medications to curb, treat, or prevent a host of drug addictions.
WASHINGTON--The federal government is strengthening its commitment to research on drug addiction. And that means a greater demand for scientists.

"We are in desperate need of both Ph.D. and M.D. clinical researchers," says Marvin Snyder, director of the Division of Preclinical Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). "And we have the money."

NIDA wants to develop drugs to treat a range of addictions in much the same way that methadone is used to treat heroin addicts. It's the research prong of the government's overall attack on the drug epidemic that so far has consisted mainly of more prisons, more police, and more aid to countries where some of the illegal drugs are grown.

Last year NIDA funded some $31 million in addiction research, $10 million of which came from...

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