The mission of the Institute for Behavior and Health (IBH) is to identify and promote effective new strategies to reduce the demand for illegal drugs. Non-partisan and non-political, IBH serves as a catalyst for change by encouraging action by government agencies, non-profits, research institutions and grassroots community groups. Established in 1978, IBH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to reduce illegal drug use with the power of good ideas supported by effective policies and programs. The five IBH priorities include: Reduce Drugged Driving, Prevent Teen Drug Use, Improve Treatment, Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, and Lead International Drug Policy. IBH works to create a balanced, more effective and more affordable drug policy, one that reduces illegal drug use, improves productivity, reduces crime and reduces incarceration. The IBH websites include:www.IBHinc.org, www.StopDruggedDriving.org,www.PreventTeenDrugUse.org, and www.PreventionNotPunishment.org.

Presently IBH is conducting research projects to identify strategies to improve outcomes of addiction treatment. IBH regularly develops publications including commentaries, editorials and journal articles on current drug policy issues. In 2013, IBH released the groundbreaking report America’s Dropout Crisis: The Unrecognized Connection to Adolescent Substance Use . IBH also works closely with other organizations on drug policy issues. IBH President Robert L. DuPont, M.D. helped chair the two American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Writing Committees that developed The Role of the Physician in “Medical” Marijuana and State-Level Proposals to Legalize Marijuana .