NCA, NAATP Concerned over Use of Humans in Research

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NCA, NAATP Concerned Over Use of Humans in Research

The National Council on Alcoholism (NCA) and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) sent letters to members of the NIAAA Advisory Council clarifying their concerns over the "Guidelines for the Administration of Alcohol in Human Experimentation." (AR, January). The letters - over the signatures of NCA Board Chairman Robert Sparks, MD, and NAATP Chairman Orville McElfresh - followed discussions between Christine Lubinski and Irwin (Sam) Muszynski, Washington representatives of NCA and NAATP respectively, with NIAAA officials and Advisory Council members at the Feb. 2 Council session. Institute officials and Advisory Council members expressed willingness to work to accommodate some of the concerns previously raised by the two organizations in a letter to NIAAA Director Enoch Gordis, MD (AR, Dec. 27).

In a Feb. 13 letter, made available to AR by an Advisory Council member, Sparks and McElfresh thanked the Advisory Council for "your willingness to consider incroporating our concerns in revised versions of the Guidelines."

Stirring most controversy were provisions in the Guidelines related to administering alcohol to pregnant women and to individuals who are "severely intoxicated" or in a "severe state of withdrawal. …

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