Bill Calls for Name Changes at NIDA, NIAAA

Source: JoinTogether Online, News Summary, 4/10/2007
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) would become the National Institute on Diseases of Addiction, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) would be renamed the National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health under legislation introduced into Congress by Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America reported April 5 that Biden’s bill, S-1011, is intended to reduce the stigma associated with addiction by removing the “abuse” monikers from the two agencies.

“Addiction is a neurobiological disease — not a lifestyle choice — and it’s about time we start treating it as such,” said Biden. “We must lead by example and change the names of our federal research institutes to accurately reflect this reality. By changing the way we talk about addiction, we change the way people think about addiction, both of which are critical steps in getting past the social stigma too often associated with the disease.”

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