Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research: Examples of Studies, Analyses, and Implications

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Date/Time
Date(s) - May 15, 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location
UCLA School of Public Health- Room CHS 51-279 (5th Floor, 1st Corridor, Room #279)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 3pm:

Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research: Examples of Studies, Analyses, and Implications

Presented by

Dr. Yih-Ing Hser

Professor-in-Residence, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, UCLA

Director, Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, UCLA

 

Abstract: Scientific investigation of substance abuse has increasingly documented the often chronic nature of addiction through both clinical observations and empirical data that reveal high relapse rates and protracted use over long periods of time.  Throughout the world now, the concept of addiction as a chronic illness is redefining the fundamental way we view drug abuse and its treatment.  While longitudinal research is not a novel endeavor in the substance abuse field, few existing studies have examined drug abuse and related issues over the life course.  Most evaluation studies assess outcomes of a single treatment episode after 6 or 12 months, rather than examining the phenomena over the course of the substance use disorder. Broadening the scope to include longitudinal research over the drug use life course will enhance the field’s ability to develop optimal clinical and policy strategies.  In this presentation, I will present empirical data on patterns of drug use trajectories over the life course and discuss the implications of these findings as we move forward to promote long-term, stable recovery.

 

LOCATION:

UCLA School of Public Health

650 Charles E. Young Dr. South,

Room CHS 51-279 (5th Floor, 1st Corridor, Room #279)

Directions: http://ph.ucla.edu/content/directions

The seminar will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.