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NIDA division director honored for collaborative efforts

November 8, 2013
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Wilson Compton, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA’s) Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, has been named one of 10 winners of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service. The award is given in part to honor federal employees’ efforts to inspire others to improve performance.

HHS cited Compton for his work in bringing about cross-agency collaboration, including efforts to link NIDA with other agencies in efforts to reduce tobacco use and prescription drug abuse.

Compton’s division at NIDA encompasses research into the extent and causes of drug abuse and addiction; the development of drug prevention approaches; and strategies for financing and implementing treatment services.

Other work that Compton recently has been involved with includes being a member of both the DSM-5 Task Force and the Substance Use Disorders Workgroup.