NIH grants funds to research impact of social media on treatment of substance abuse

Research exploring how social media can be used to advance prevention and treatment of substance abuse has received a boost from the National Institutes of Health.

The awards, totaling $3 million over three years, will be funded by the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH--a consortium involving the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Cancer Institute, according to an announcement from NIH.

"These awards are the result of an active collaboration among the three institutes to develop innovative approaches that advance the science of substance use and addiction," NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., said in the announcement.

Researches will look at platforms like Facebook and Twitter to analyze interactions and gain insight into patterns of use, risk factors, and behaviors associated with substance use, according to the announcement. Social media sites may also enhance screening, prevention, and treatment of substance use and addiction. Announcement