Division on Addiction

Alleviating addiction-related social, medical, and economic burdens through research, education, training, and outreach.

Announcing new Division Leadership

The Division is pleased to announce an exciting change in leadership. On February 28, 2019 Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS retired from his role as Director of the Division. Dr. Shaffer will remain active at the Division as a Distinguished Faculty member and in his role on the Harvard Medical School faculty as the Morris…

ASHES, Vol. 16(1) – The effectiveness of graphic images on tobacco health warning labels in changing smoking attitudes and behaviors

Text-only health warnings have appeared on cigarettes for over 35 years in the United States. Despite these warnings, smoking still causes over 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. To reduce smoking and its associated health impacts, the United States Food and Drug Association recently proposed the inclusion of 13 different graphic warning images with accompanying text that depict some of the negative health…

Research News

The Division is pleased to announce a new research study and partnership: The GVC-Division on Addiction Internet Gambling Research Collaborative. This is a 5-years study on gambling and gambling-related problems among patrons of GVC Holdings PLC, the multinational sports bettering and gaming group. Learn more about this study.

Congrats!

We are proud to announce that Debi A. LaPlante, Ph.D., Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, is the recipient of the 2018 Scientific Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

Education Spotlight

The Division is pleased to announce the re-release of its online Continuing Medical Education course Research Methods 101 for the Provider: A Guide to Critical Research Consumption. This course is designed to increase providers’ competence to critically evaluate research by increasing their knowledge of the scientific method, research design, and common biases. Ideally, improvements in knowledge…

CARS Update

Since its release in June 2017, more than 600 people have registered to use CARS in settings ranging from substance use and DUI treatment programs to court and corrections facilities. During the past year, we released five updates to the tool that improved functionality and enhanced security. Looking ahead, our development team in hard at…

Research News

We are pleased to announce a new dataset that has been included in the Transparency Project titled “Gamblers’ perceptions of stakeholder responsibility for minimizing gambling harm.” This data comes from a study with two primary goals: 1) describe the extent to which a sample of casino gamblers holds a distributed sense of responsibility for minimizing gambling…

New Release! Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition

We are pleased to announce the release of Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition. This edition is available for download or you can order free print copies from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. The first edition of Your First Step to Change is available electronically for download and…