Commentary| Volume 72, ISSUE 3, P166-167, August 01, 2012

Planning the New National Institute on Substance Use and Addiction Disorders

      The decision by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a new institute organized around the science of addiction, called the National Institute on Substance Use and Addiction Disorders (NISUAD), continues to elicit considerable debate within the scientific and public advocacy communities. NISUAD would be created largely from the portfolios of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both of which would cease to exist. However, as part of this reorganization, a major focus of current discussion, and ongoing controversy, is what pieces of these two institutes should be transferred to other institutes/centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and what from these other institutes/centers should be housed within NISUAD?
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