Friends of NIDA, Congressional Briefing: Substance Abuse and the Military Community

Friends of NIDA, Congressional Briefing: Substance Abuse and the Military Community


[Music] [Josie Anderson, Reporting]: Friends of NIDA
sponsored a congressional briefing focusing on joint National Institutes of Health
and Department of Defense Substance Abuse Research Initiatives.DOD Force Health Protection
and Readiness, Deputy Director, Michael Kilpatrick explained, with more than two million service
members over the last decade deploying, many are returning home to a different battlefield. [Natural Sound of Dr. Michael Kilpatrick] [Anderson, Reporting]: The National Institute
on Drug Abuse, NIDA is committed to supporting research that addresses these problems among
military personnel, veterans and their families. [Dr. Wilson Compton, Speaking]
We have seen the needs of our returning military persons are tremendous, there is
such overlap among mental health problems and substance use disorders…NIDA supporting
a full range of research on everything from basic science studies that can help us understand
the causes of these conditions and do a better job of developing new treatments, to testing
interventions in field settings, testing prevention interventions that might work with family
members to reduce the onset of behavioral health problems, and finally to do a better
job in treating addictions in real-world settings as efficiently and affectively as possible. [Dr. Kathleen Carroll, Speaking]
Veterans often have multiple co-morbidities and that is often difficult to treat, for
example, a patient with substance use and PTSD and depression, and even traumatic brain
injury. If we can get effective ways of delivering these components by computer, it’s possible
we can get the primary clinicians, the primary care doc or nurse,or health care provider
to assess the complexity of the problems that the patient has and then give them access
to treatments that address each of those problems. [Anderson, Reporting]: NIDA research is looking
at the consequences of war and ways evidence based substance abuse prevention and treatment
interventions may be applied across the military lifecycle. [Dr. Wilson Compton, Speaking]
A very important aspect of our work is that all of it is done in collaboration and
in conjunction with Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, other NIH Institutes and
multiple Health and Human Services partners. It is only by working together we can address
both the research and more important the service needs of these vulnerable populations. [Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, SPEAKING]
Doing research with military families is critical. Military families deserve the best
that we have to give them in science and in practice… Our study is a program called
ADAPT; After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools. It is the evaluation of a parent-training
program modified for military families. The idea is to buffer parenting against stress
of deployment and separation. [Anderson, Reporting: NIDA’S goal is to use
the most advanced research and technologies available to inform policy and improve healthcare
practices for our military and their families. [Dr. Kathleen Carroll, Speaking]
It’s essential that we give those who served our country the best health care possible,
and we know that ongoing substance use can undercut the efficacy of all kinds of treatments
from medical conditions, as well as other kinds of mental health conditions.. So often
giving good medical care means giving effective science-based treatment for drug abuse as
well. [Anderson, Reporting: For NIDA TV, I am Josie
Anderson. [Music]

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