Research Grant to Create National Center for Drug Abuse Prevention

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Byline: Anne Williams The Register-Guard

Eugene's Oregon Social Learning Center recently received two research grants totaling $7.46 million.

The largest, a five-year, $6.46 million Center of Excellence grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will establish a national Center for Drug Abuse Prevention in the child welfare system.

Led by principal investigator Dr. John Reid, the center will include 11 multidisciplinary scientists and an external advisory board made up of local and national experts in child services, policy and substance use research. It will bring together scientists and national experts to integrate knowledge from 32 federally funded completed and ongoing studies, which will help fill the gaps in drug abuse prevention research, practice and policy.

Specifically, the center will study three primary focus areas: the relationship between stress, neurobiology and genetics and drug abuse; the role of fathers in the child welfare system; and an economic evaluation of a set of child welfare costs related to the placement of children in out-of-home care. …