We interview onsite direct from the 7th Annual Drug Prevention Summit, put on by Drug Free America. Part I are interviews with key event speakers including industry leaders Former White House Drug Czar Robert DuPont; then Dr. Ken Finn; and finally Luke Niforatos, Senior Policy Advisor for “Smart Approaches to Marijuana”. Parts II and III will be uploaded in the next week, so look for them.
For more than 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. Among his many contributions to the field is his leadership as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and as the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977).
From 1968 to 1970 he was Director of Community Services, for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, heading parole and half-way house services. From 1970 to 1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration (NTA), the city-wide drug abuse treatment program that was the model for the federal government’s massive commitment to drug abuse treatment in the early 1970s. In 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.