September 2015 National Briefs

NIDA and NIAAA Commentary Strongly Supports Brain Disease Model of Addiction
The brain disease model of addiction is strongly supported by scientific evidence, according to a commentary published in The Lancet Psychiatry by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob. [read more]

New Technology Unveiled
On June 4, 2015, the Department of Transportation joined members of Congress, industry and safety advocates to highlight the life-saving potential of groundbreaking technology to prevent drunk driving. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program (a research partnership between NHTSA and an industry consortium) is developing technology to prevent alcohol-impaired drivers from operating their vehicles while under the influence. The event featured the unveiling of a test vehicle equipped with mock-up DADSS technology that researchers will use to examine driver interactions with the system. [read more]

Carl Wicklund Retires From APPA
After nearly 20 years as the Executive Director at the American Probation and Parole Association, (APPA) Carl Wicklund, a NPAMC Board Member, retired from his position. Mr. Wicklund has over 40 years experience in the corrections/human services field. Prior to APPA, he served as the director of a tri-county adult and juvenile probation and parole department as well as developed and managed a variety of community-based, private sector programs for juveniles and adults involved with the justice or social services systems. During his tenure at APPA, he served on and led numerous nationally oriented advisory groups focusing on criminal justice system improvements. NPAMC thanks Mr. Wicklund for his decades of public service.