The USC Institute for Addiction Science supports collaborative research and education that advances science, awareness, prevention, treatment, and policy to rapidly and significantly reduce the societal burden of addictive behaviors. Our mission is motivated by the unfortunate truth that addiction is a wicked problem and leads to an array of recalcitrant epidemics that plague society. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, sexually transmitted infections, mental illness, violence, unplanned pregnancy, obesity, child abuse, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and social inequities are each associated with addictive behaviors. The addiction crisis may be increasing with the proliferation of new types of tobacco products (e.g., e-cigarettes), commercialization of the cannabis industry, and an expanding opioid epidemic. Beyond substance misuse, addiction to digital media is interfering with the mindfulness and social connectedness of our society and food addiction is becoming increasingly accepted by the medical community as a health condition.
Given the interplay of societal, political, psychosocial, and biological influences on addiction, transdisciplinary approaches are needed to reduce the addiction epidemic. Faculty with addiction expertise are members in dozens of academic units across USC. The Institute for Addiction Science integrates and mobilizes USC’s intellectual resources while leveraging the diverse and populous backdrop of Los Angles to yield evidence with local, state, national and global implications.
The mission of the USC Institute for Addiction Science (IAS) is to cultivate innovative collaborations resulting in knowledge that can be readily disseminated and used by practitioners, policy makers, media, and the public in order to prevent addiction, promote recovery, and reduce the societal burden of addiction. We hope to:
- Cultivate innovative collaborations that cross disciplines and produce high-impact and adaptable scientific evidence that can be readily disseminated and used by practitioners, policy makers media and the general public
- Develop novel addiction science training and education programs for members of the USC community and beyond
- Disseminate evidence-based knowledge about addiction by interacting with the community and public to increase awareness, correct misperceptions, counteract stigma, and inform policy