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May 1, 2007
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Project Seeks Participantsfor Survey on Informed Consent

Frederick Rotgers, PsyD, ABPP, associate professor of psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is seeking program directors willing to complete an anonymous survey on informed consent practices in addiction treatment facilities. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and no participants or treatment organizations will be identified by name or code number in the survey. The research project is designed to improve understanding of informed consent practices used in treatment, including the degree to which programs share with patients information on program success rates, treatments used, and alternatives available in the community.

Those interested in completing a survey may visit Results are expected to be available by this fall. For more information, or to arrange to receive a copy of the survey results, contact Rotgers at (215) 871-6457 or

NAADAC Undertakes Fund-Raisingfor Permanent Home

In its 35th anniversary year, NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals has launched a fund-raising campaign for its anticipated move to a new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, this summer. The building campaign, co-chaired by Tom Van Wagner of The Van Wagner Group and first NAADAC President Mel Schulstad, has a fund-raising goal of $500,000. NAADAC has had a lease arrangement at its present office location, and sees the purchase of new office space as bolstering the association's long-term financial strength and laying the foundation for future growth, services, and advocacy efforts for the addiction community.

NAADAC is seeking both donors and advisory team members for its “Taking the Next Step” campaign. For more information, contact NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy at (800) 548-0497, ext. 119, or

Researchers Explore Challengesin Cocaine Treatment

A pair of New York researchers will use a $1.6 million National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant to explore ways to suppress anxiety and craving in cocaine addicts in the crucial 48-hour period after cessation of use. Alexis C. Thompson, PhD, of the University at Buffalo and Jean DiPirro, PhD, of Buffalo State College will examine the activity of a brain neurotransmitter, neuropeptide Y, to determine whether enhancing the activity of this neurotransmitter can reduce heightened anxiety and craving for cocaine. Their findings may help determine whether a medication can reasonably be identified as a sound treatment for cocaine dependence, according to a statement from the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

The research also will examine efforts to reduce anxiety and craving at one-week and three-week intervals. Thompson and DiPirro also will look at the general role stress plays in both initial and ongoing cocaine use. Craving, anxiety, and depression all are believed to be factors underlying relapse to cocaine use.