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Doug Tipperman, M.S.W. | May 10, 2017
Doug Tipperman
Doug Tipperman, Tobacco Policy Liaison, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Cigarette smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, responsible for over 480,000 deaths a year. Even though smoking has been decreasing overall, the smoking rate for persons with behavioral health conditions (mental and/or substance use disorders) is about twice that of the rest of the population. The rate is even higher for persons with serious mental illness or who have been in substance use disorder treatment in the past year.

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Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse | Dec 8, 2016

As Some States Implement New Marijuana Laws, Science Should Guide Public Health Policy

After the election on November 8, marijuana is now or will soon be legal for adult recreational use in eight states plus the District of Columbia. These states, and those that may join them in the future, will have choices to make in how they enact and implement their policies. Careful thought should be given to creating regulatory frameworks that prioritize public health. Science needs to be the guide.

Dr. Nora Volkow and Dr. George Koob | Jan 28, 2016


We have long expected to see increasing substance use in middle and later life with the aging of baby boomers—a demographic that traditionally had a more relaxed attitude to substance use.  A recent study funded by the National Institute on Aging reveals the unexpected enormity of the problem and its disastrous consequences for a generation of Americans.

Nora Volkow (NIDA), George Koob (NIAAA), Alan Guttmacher (NICHD), Bob Croyle (Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI), Thomas Insel (NIMH), and William Riley (OBSSR) | Sep 25, 2015


Dr. Nora Volkow | May 1, 2015


Dr. George Koob | Feb 4, 2015

Adolescence is a period of social and environmental changes and dramatic biological development, including of the brain.  During adolescence, the brain undergoes significant growth and remodeling, which raises concerns about alcohol's effects on normal brain development. It is also the time of life during which drinking, binge drinking, and heavy drinking (binge drinking five or more times in the past 30 days) all ramp up significantly.