Solving the Complex Problem of Addiction

Solving the Complex Problem of Addiction

The Institute for Addiction Science (IAS) at USC, established in 2018, conducts transdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach to improve the lives of those touched by addiction. IAS brings together over 70 faculty members from across the university—including experts from the Keck School of Medicine, the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the School of Pharmacy and faculty from psychology, engineering, communications, public policy and more—to work in a collaborative environment. The result is breakthrough research and education that increases understanding, creates awareness and influences policy.

The Institute specializes in research that drives local, state, and national drug policies that impact millions of Americans and work addressing the continuum of care from youth prevention to addiction treatment and recovery.

For example, our research into how flavored e-cigarettes were driving increased use among teens in 2019 ultimately led to federal legislation to help reduce that trend. The impact has been huge. For the first time in 4 years, e-cigarette use in U.S. teens declined from 2019 to 2020.

That’s 1.8 million fewer teens who are vaping.

The anticipated long-term impact of IAS is to substantively reduce death, disability, and suffering caused by addiction and increase wellness in people and communities affected by addiction.

You Can Make an Impact

Behind every great advance in health science are visionaries who serve as catalysts at a critical moment in time. In a year when issues of addiction have been intensified by uncertainty and fear brought on by the pandemic, the work of the USC Institute for Addiction Science is more critical than ever. 

The USC Institute for Addiction Science’s ability to produce innovative high-impact discoveries that can be harnessed by practitioners, policy makers, and the general public to combat addiction requires the support of our community. Your support will bolster our ability to conduct faculty and student led research, to develop outreach programs to educate our community, and to serve as the premiere hub for addiction education, care, and recovery science.

Please join us in our mission and support IAS today.