Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research (CITAR)

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Innovative approach taken to identify emerging drug abuse patterns

CITAR will collaborate with scientists and physicians from Kno.e.sis at Wright State, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Toxicology Investigator’s Consortium to establish an innovative NIDA National Early Warning System Network (iN3). Designed to rapidly identify and disseminate information on emerging drug use patterns, the study combines data from medical toxicologists across the nation with discussion of emerging drug use trends on social media.

Social media analysis used to monitor cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid use

Another newly funded project uses social media to address substance use and addiction. eDrugTrends is an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop software to identify trends and analyze social networks to monitor cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid use. The NIH/NIDA-funded project builds on previoius work CITAR and Kno.e.sis did to analyze web forum data on illicit buprenorphine use.


The Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR), formerly the Division of Substance Abuse Intervention Programs (SAIP), is administratively housed within Boonshoft School of Medicine's Department of Community Health. It represents the focal point for substance abuse related services, academic research, and services research. Although the larger purpose of the Center is to advance the production, dissemination and utilization of scientific knowledge and professional technology regarding the epidemiology, consequences, prevention and treatment of substance abuse, its goals are directed at the understanding of substance abuse phenomena and their intervention and management in smaller and mid-sized cities and their surrounding suburban and rural communities.

CITAR was founded by a member of the Wright State University School of Medicine faculty, the late Harvey A. Siegal, Ph.D., in 1980. Dr. Siegal continued as director until his death in December 2004. Robert G. Carlson, Ph.D., professor of community health and a member of the CITAR staff since 1989, was appointed director in May 2005.

The following projects and programs currently operate within CITAR:

In addition, the center provides consultation and program evaluation services.

Vital Signs articles featuring CITAR

These are articles about CITAR projects from Vital Signs, the School of Medicine magazine, and news releases.

Free reprints of articles authored by CITAR staff are available by contacting the respective projects.

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CITAR in the News

Boonshoft School of Medicine researchers studied tweets to learn more about use of marijuana edibles

The study, which is the first to attempt to analyze Twitter data on marijuana edibles, is supported by a $1.4 million grant from NIH/NIDA.
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Groundbreaking study on heroin addiction draws media attention

“Initiation of pain pill use at a younger age was associated with transition to heroin,” said Robert Carlson, Ph.D., CITAR director.
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Boonshoft School of Medicine researchers identify predictors of transition to heroin use

The study is among the first to identify the predictors of heroin initiation among active, non-dependent illicit pharmaceutical opioid users using longitudinal data.
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Last edited on 05/17/2016.