Guide for Policy Makers recently released

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is pleased to announce the release of its new Guide for Policymakers: Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment of Risky Substance Use and Addiction. This guide summarizes those policies and practices that have proven most effective at addressing risky substance use and addiction at the federal, state and local levels. The guide is of unprecedented breadth and depth; it relies on more than 20 years of work at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, as well as the work of other leaders in the field, to evaluate the efficacy of various initiatives and present those that hold the most promise. It focuses on the three systems most affected by substance use: health, education and justice.

Substance use and addiction constitute one of the largest public health problems in the United States, causing or contributing to countless social consequences, medical conditions, overdose deaths, and costly health and justice expenditures. Implementing research-based policies can make a substantial difference. There is abundant evidence pointing to what works to address this problem; this guide translates the most valid and reliable research findings into practical and effective measures.

The guide contains resources and references for policymakers, advocates and administrators in both the public and private sectors. It covers timely issues including marijuana legalization, regulation of alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes, health care reform and medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

We invite you to download the guide here and to share it widely with your colleagues and partners. If you have any questions about the guide, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Feinstein, Director of Health Law and Policy, at

About The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

We are a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., our interdisciplinary experts collaborate with others to promote effective policies and practices. We conduct and synthesize research, inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve health care, and analyze and recommend policies on substance use and addiction. For more information, visit