Standards for drug abuse treatment providers

Maxine L. Stitzer, Patricia L. Owen, Sharon M. Hall, Richard A. Rawson, Nancy M. Petry

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The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) is the largest organization in the United States whose primary mission is the advancement of scientific knowledge about drug abuse disorders. The College membership is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of scientists including many with expertise in treatment research and evaluation. The CPDD holds an annual meeting to disseminate the latest scientific findings in the field of drug abuse research, publishes a leading scientific journal devoted to studies of substance abuse (Drug and Alcohol Dependence) and educates policy makers regarding the scientific basis for various policy directions. This policy statement is one in a series of educational documents that are available on the CPDD website ( It discusses the current status of standards for drug abuse treatment delivery and provides recommendations that may help to shape future policy in this area. Specifically, it is recommended that evaluation standards should be focused on objective patient outcomes using assessment domains including treatment retention and urinalysis evidence of drug abstinence that have been effectively used for many years in treatment outcome research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-215
Number of pages3
JournalDrug and alcohol dependence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 20 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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