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A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.
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A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. is the founder and board chair of the Treatment Research Institute (TRI), board member of Indivior, and an experienced substance abuse researcher.

From 2009 to 2010, he was Science Advisor and Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a congressionally confirmed Presidential appointment to help shape the nation’s public policy approach to illicit drug use. At ONDCP, Dr. McLellan worked on a broad range of drug issues, including formulation and implementation of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and promotion of drug treatment through the broader revamping of the national health care system.

Dr. McLellan has more than 35 years of experience in addiction treatment research. Dr. McLellan works to transform the way research is employed in the treatment of and policy making around substance use and abuse.

Entries by A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Stopping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Addictions: Finally, a Sensible Plan for Action

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Today, 120 people will lose their life to a drug overdose -- to put that number in perspective, it is the about equivalent to a fatal airplane crash happening every day. Unfortunately, this devastating epidemic is not new -- it has been growing for at least a decade....

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What the White House Task Force on College Sexual Assault Doesn't Say

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Last week the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its report and recommendations for college campuses. It includes several important initiatives, but fails to address the most significant cause of sexual assault on college campuses -- excessive substance use.

Of course there is a...

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Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

(46) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:11 PM

In the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am shocked by the vast range of opinions and emotions that have been voiced in the public discourse. Media outlets of all shapes and forms are weighing in on his death -- and specifically, the foolish, self-destructive choices...

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For Young People Addicted to Painkillers, the Path Less Taken -- Why?

(4) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Abuse of prescription (Rx) medications, particularly of Rx opioids (medicines that treat pain), continues to be one of the nation's most concerning health problems. Mistakenly, many adolescents believe that Rx opioids are safe because they are prescribed by a doctor. But when abused, they can be as potent...

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