National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Definition - What does National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) mean?

The National Institute On Drug Abuse is part of the federal government of the United States. Its mission is to "advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.”

The NIDA supports research, training for counselors, public education, and more. The National Institute on Drug Abuse actually got its start back in 1935 under the name of the Addiction Research Center. It was not until 1974 that the organization became part of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. Today, the NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Hydrolife explains National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA)

While some substances, such as cannabis, have been mislabeled and misunderstood for decades now, that is not the case for all “drugs”. From heroin to cocaine to meth and everything in between, there are many deadly substances out there that cause addiction and ruin lives. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a federal organization aimed at helping to advance addiction science.

The NIAD has been instrumental in many things, all of which have advanced our understanding of addiction. For instance, it was originally thought that drugs were either physically addictive or mentally addictive.

Today, we understand that there are social, genetic and behavioral components to all addictions. With that being said, not everything about the organization has been positive. NIDA has come under fire from many legislators for taking a lenient stance where marijuana use is concerned, and for programs designed to help prevent the spread of disease, such as supplying clean needles and syringes to drug users.

However, despite this, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has been instrumental in research into diseases related to or connected with drug abuse, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

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