Center for Substance Abuse Policy & Research

The Center for Substance Abuse Policy and Research (CSAPR) works on the nexus of policy, practice and research related to treatment for alcohol and drug dependence. The Center promotes research, education and service on the public health impacts of alcohol and drug abuse, facilitates the application of empirical research findings to improve treatment services, and to develop more effective state and local policies.

The Center hosts the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, as well as the following projects: the Oregon Practice Improvement Collaborative, the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the national evaluation for the Paths to Recovery project, and grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and state and local authorities.

Clinical Trials Network (CTN) The mission of the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) is to improve the quality of drug abuse treatment throughout the country using science as the vehicle. The CTN provides an enterprise in which the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment researchers, and community-based service providers cooperatively develop, validate, refine, and deliver new treatment options to patients in community-level clinical practice. This unique partnership between community treatment providers and academic research leaders aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Conducting studies of behavioral, pharmacological, and integrated behavioral and pharmacological treatment interventions of therapeutic effect in rigorous, multi-site clinical trials to determine effectiveness across a broad range of community-based treatment settings and diversified patient populations; and
  • Ensuring the transfer of research results to physicians, clinicians, providers, and patients.