Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS-CICAD)

CICAD's core mission is to strengthen the human and institutional capabilities and harness the collective energy of its member states to reduce the production, trafficking and use and abuse of drugs in the Americas.


Programa Cambio

The investigation department of Programa Cambio carries out systematic research focused on the prevention and the treatment of addiction, and its multiple social consequences on the health of the country (Argentina).  The investigation department addresses this task through its collaboration with other departments within Programa Cambio (training, prevention, and treatment) and external agencies at the local, state, national and international level. 



REDLA RED Latino Americana de Investigadores en Drogas (REDLA) is a network of academic researchers who share an interest in drug abuse research and whose geographic focus is Latin America. The mission of REDLA is to reduce the social burden of drugs through epidemiological research on drug abuse. The Network was created as a result of a joint effort between the American Commission for Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Hispanic Science Network on Drugs Abuse (NHSN). Members of REDLA include academic researchers from different institutions in Latin America as well as permanent liaisons to the National Drug Observatories within the National Drug Commissions in this region.



Argentina - Graciela Ahumada Liaison with National Drug Observatories Coordinadora Area de Investigaciones Observatorio Argentino de Drogas SEDRONAR Tel: +54-11-4320-1232 Dr. Rubén Ferro Director de la Escuela de Salud Pública, Facultad de Medicina. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba,

Brazil - Helena Barros Steering Committee Fundação Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Porto Alegre 55-51- 8124-3959

Canada - Robert Hanson Liaison with Health Canada Manager, Surveillance Unit Office of Research and Surveillance Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Program / Health Tel: (613) 948-8954

Chile - Maria Elena Alvarado Steering Committee Medico, Epidemiologa Escuela de Salud Pública Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Chile Santiago de Chile Tel: 562-978-6818

Colombia - Luis Florez Director Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones sobre Adicciones y Violencia Universidad Nacional de Colombia Tel. 571 652 5480

Costa Rica - Julio Bejarano Steering Committee Director del Departamento de Investigación Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia de Costa Rica Tel: (506) 824-9591

Guatemala - Mario Rodolfo Salazar Coordinador Maestría en Salud Pública, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad de San Carlos Tel.502 2-485-1962

Mexico - Jorge A. Villatoro Velázquez Investigador en Ciencias Médicas Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Múñiz Cal. México-Xochimilco 101 Col. San Lorenzo-Huipulco Tel: (55) 3640 8752

Puerto Rico - Juan Carlos Reyes Pulliza Catedrático Asociado Departamento de Bioestadística y Epidemiología Universidad de Puerto Rico Teléfono: 758-2525, ext. 5120

Peru - Fernando Salazar Steering Committee Chair Profesor, Universidad Cayetano Heredia Lima Tel: 51-1- 319-0000 x2466

USA - Iván Montoya Steering Committee Deputy Director, Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Rockville, MD, USA

Avelardo Valdez, Ph.D. Professor, University of Southern California,

Francisco Cumsille Coordinator of the Observatory on Drugs CICAD/OAS Washington, DC Tel: 202-458-3629

Marya Hynes Dowell REDLA Coordinator Observatory on Drugs CICAD/OAS Washington, DC Tel: 202-458-6119

REDLA Research Projects

Research Project Title: To prevent and understand the consumption of addictive substances in university populations.

Authors: Cuétara Priede, María Covadonga; Alcántara Eguren, Ariel Rodolfo; Pérez Saleme, Javier Edmundo. Summary: At the Iberoamericana Puebla University (UIA-P), the Grupo de Investigadores sobre Consumo de Sustancias Adictivas (GICSA) are studying the phenomenon of consumption of addictive substances in university populations, in order to generate socially pertinent and historically contextualized preventive strategies, as well as to establish mechanisms to evaluate the impact of prevention strategies.

Research Project Title: Impact and Evaluation of the D.A.R.E. program on the children and adolescents of Colombia.

Authors: National Policy of the Colombian Department of Antinarcotics Summary: A national study on the consumption of psychoactive substances in Colombia to estimate the magnitude of this phenomenon, understand its characteristics and to establish the social perception of associated risk to different substances of abuse. These indicators are important for the definition and the evaluation of politics, programs and strategies.

Research Project Title: Levels, situations and characterstics of the consumption of alcohol in university students, elements for the design of programs of promotion and prevention.

Authors: Liliana Muñoz Ortega*, Carolina Barbosa Ramírez, Arturo Briñez Horta, Claudia Caycedo Espinel, Margarita Méndez Heilman, Raúl Oyuela Vargas. Summary: The objective of this descriptive study was to investigate university students, and identify key factors for the design of prevention programs for alcohol consumption.  Research

Project Title: Consumption of illicit psychoactive substance on the population of medical students in a private University in Bogota.

Authors: Marta C López Maldonado Summary: A cross sectional study to establish the consumption of psychoactive substances in a sample of 237 nursing students at a private University in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Research

Project Title: Evaluation of the program of prevention "Experiences to live and to live together".

Authors: Maria Cristina Garcia, Angélica Rodríguez, Liliana Sierra. Summary: An evaluation of the prevention program “Experiences to Live and Share” designed by Mentor Colombia. This evaluation its influence on the educational community, concluding that the program is methodologically adapt and there is a high level of acceptance in its benefits.

Research Project Title: Consumption of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs to prevent, understand the consumption of addictive substances in university populations.

Authors: Cuétara Priede, María Covadonga; Alcántara Eguren, Ariel Rodolfo; Pérez Saleme, Javier Edmundo Summary: At the Iberoamericana Puebla University(UIA-P), the Grupo de Investigadores sobre Consumo de Sustancias Adictivas (GICSA) objective to understand the phenomenon of consumption of addictive substances in university populations, and develop preventive strategies, and evaluate these strategies in the context of the prevention.


Red Centroamericana de Investigación en Adicciones (RECIA) was created in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the US State Department to assist Central American countries in developing a research infrastructure to improve the country’s drug abuse treatment programs. RECIA is a network of Central American governmental, university, and drug treatment program representatives and includes the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The Florida Node of NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Szapocznik, provides mentorship and training to RECIA and provides scientific leadership in the design and implementation of drug treatment clinical trials. Currently, RECIA is preparing to implement a pilot study that will examine the effectiveness of HIV rapid testing and counseling among clients in substance abuse treatment.

NIDA International

The NIDA International Program fosters international cooperative research and the exchange of scientific information by drug abuse researchers around the globe. NIDA's international objectives include: Promoting international research activities, supporting research training and exchange opportunities globally, communicating and disseminating science-based information on drug abuse, supporting international research collaboration.

Fogarty International Center

The Fogarty International Center, the international component of the NIH, addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs, and supports and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships.


Ministerio De Sanidad y Consumo

The National Plan on Drugs (N.P.D.) is a government initiative created in 1985 and designed to coordinate and strengthen the policies related to illegal drugs that have been carried out by the different Public Administrations and Social entities in Spain.

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