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Using rewards to treat substance abuse

Dr. Steinmiller

In 2008, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 1.9 million Americans were current cocaine users, with the majority falling between the ages of 18 and 25.

Cocaine’s physiological and psychological effects include cardiac disturbances, strokes and seizures, and psychosis, making treatment for cocaine addiction a serious public health concern.

Dr. Caren Steinmiller, BS ‘93, MS ‘95, co-authored a paper on cocaine addiction management that appeared in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, one of the leading journals for substance abuse research. Dr. Steinmiller, a lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, studied the effectiveness of contingency management treatment, a way of rewarding substance abusers, often monetarily, for adhering to their treatment plans. Read the study and results online.

Data in this article was sourced from the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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is the Scientific Editor and College Communicator for The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a triple alumna of The University of Toledo with master's degrees in English and Education and a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy.
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