Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Native Americans Receive Millions in Private Dollars to Fight Drug Use

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Native Americans Receive Millions in Private Dollars to Fight Drug Use

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation had given fifteen Native American organizations and tribal entities serving Indian and Native people across the country over $2.2 million in grant support to address the use of alcohol and other drugs, including the use of cultural values and traditions.

The grant will fund there major research studies that will run concurrently over the next years. At RIA, Dir. Russell and Arthur W.K. Chan, Ph.D., will investigate the factors that influence alcoholics to enter treatment programs. At the University of Bufallo, Dr. Trevisan will direct a study examining the relationship between alcohol consumption patterns and coronary heart disease, and Jo Freudenheim, Ph.D., an professor of social and preventive medicine, will lead a study of alcohol's role in lung cancer.

In addition, the center will develop a computer-based geographical information system on alcohol consumption, establish a statistical analysis and measurs core, set up a blood specimen bank to support future research, and host a national conference on alcohol epidemiology in 1998.

"This is the first NIAAA Alcohol Research Center dedicated to studying the clinical and medical epidemiology of alcohol," said Dr. …

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