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August 29, 2002

Pharmacy gets substance abuse grant

The School of Pharmacy has received a three-year grant totaling $400,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol programs to address alcohol and substance abuse by young people between the ages of 12 and 25 and the community at large.

In 2000, the Pennsylvania Department of Health estimated that the number of Pennsylvanians in need of treatment was more than 630,000 while the number who received treatment was about 69,000.

Funds for the substance abuse grant were provided by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

"Our goal is to build a comprehensive resource center related to addictions research, health policy, prevention, intervention and treatment, and to develop effective mechanisms to transfer that knowledge to the substance abuse field and policy makers," said Jan Pringle, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the pharmacy school.

Pringle also is scientific director of the Pittsburgh-based Institute for Research Education and Training and Addiction, a statewide initiative dedicated to aligning research and practice through education and policy development.

Information from the grant will be collected and catalogued by the Performance Based Prevention System database in order to manage substance abuse prevention activities, monitor performance and outcomes and evaluate performance effectiveness. The database also will be centrally hosted, providing real time data access and operation.

Pitt's School of Pharmacy will be collaborating with more than a dozen state, federal and community agencies.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 35 Issue 1

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