Last updated on: 10/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Under U.S. law since 1970, marijuana has been a Schedule I controlled substance. This means that the drug, at least in its smoked form, has no commonly accepted medical use.”

“Marijuana: Facts for Teens,” National Institute on Drug Abuse website, Mar. 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the Federal focal point for research on drug abuse and addiction. Established in 1974, NIDA became part of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, in October 1992.”

“Milestones,” NIDA website (accessed Oct. 12, 2009)

Mission:

“NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.”

“About NIDA,” NIDA website (accessed Oct. 12, 2009)

Other:
US government agency
Quoted in:
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  2. What Is THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol)?
  3. Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?
  4. What Is the US government's Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) Program for Medical Marijuana?
  5. How Does Parental Marijuana Use Affect Pre- and Post-Natal Fetal Development?
  6. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for the Symptoms of Arthritis?
  7. Does Marijuana Use Permanently Damage the Human Brain?