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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only nation-wide organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances – alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs – in all sectors of society.

Founded in 1992 by Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the nonprofit organization aims to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives, as well as, remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope. Substance abuse is our nation’s number one health problem and a major player in the many social problems our nation faces. The good news is that addiction is a preventable and treatable disease.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Susan Foster, Vice President and Director of Policy Research and Analysis with CASA.  We discuss the current state of substance abuse in America and its treatment.