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“NIDA to Host “”Blending Addiction Science and Treatment”” Conference”


The National Institute on Drug Abuse will host the 8th Blending Conference: “Blending Addiction Science and Treatment:  Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention in Diverse Populations and Settings,” on April 22-23, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What:  A 2-day conference that will bring together clinicians and researchers to examine cutting-edge scientific findings about drug abuse and addiction and their application to clinical practice.

Why: NIDA Blending Conferences are designed to narrow the “translational gap” by disseminating science-based findings and placing them directly into the hands of practitioners. These science-based advances range from the latest findings on screening and brief intervention, co-occurring disorders, drug courts, and prescription opioid abuse — to the Blending Team projects which address motivational interviewing, buprenorphine, and motivational incentives.

Hosts: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in conjunction with the Southwest Node and the California-Arizona Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).

When: Thursday and Friday, April 22-23, 2010

Where: The Albuquerque Convention Center.

Who Should Attend: Drug treatment counselors, social workers, healthcare providers, criminal justice staff, marriage and family counselors, public health workers, physicians, researchers interested in drug abuse and addiction issues, and the media are encouraged to attend.

Registration:  Special rates are available for Early-bird registration (ends March 1), Students (ends April 5), and for Groups of 4.  Scholarships: Many still available – the deadline is February 25!

Blending Conference Overview:

Plenary sessions will be presented by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and other experts in the field of drug abuse and addiction. The conference will include sessions on:

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
  • Native American Health and Addiction Issues
  • Buprenorphine Treatment for Prescription Opioid Addiction
  • Treatment Through the Criminal Justice System and Drug Courts
  • Providing Services to LGBT Clients
  • Prenatal Substance Abuse and FASD
  • Working with Adolescents and the Family
  • Southwestern Hispanic Concerns in Drug Abuse
  • Evidence-Based Treatments for African Americans
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

The Blending Conference series is NIDA’s signature conference event! 

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