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The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) launched The Connector, a new blog featuring OBSSR Director Robert M. Kaplan’s commentary, “Director Connection.” His blog explores a broad range of topics such as mHealth, systems science, dissemination and implementation research, and the NIH Toolbox. It also explores achieving better health through improved dissemination of evidence-based interventions. The Connector aims to keep readers informed of OBSSR’s activities, trainings, educational resources and funding opportunities, as well as feature podcasts and videos of conversations with engaging behavioral and social sciences. For more information, visit connector.obssr.od.nih.gov.
The Monitoring the Future Survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health, tracks illicit drug use and attitudes of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. It is one of three major surveys through which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services monitors the nation's substance abuse patterns. Data from these surveys helps the nation to identify potential drug problem areas and ensures that resources are targeted to areas of greatest need. This year’s Monitoring the Future Survey found a decline of drug use among high school teens; however, concerns remain about the persistent high rates of marijuana and nonmedical prescription drug use. For more information, visit www.nida.nih.gov/drugpages/MTF.html.