The National Institute on Drug Abuse has just issued a warning notice (NOT-DA-09-025) that they plan to solicit proposals to:
develop a valid and reliable, standardized instrument that measures the propensity to and severity of drug addiction. The instrument is expected to provide transformational, scientific, technical, and practical utility for addiction research through its capacity to quantify the likelihood of becoming addicted (propensity) and an objective measure of the extent to which addiction manifests once developed (severity).
NIDA anticipates the award of one cost reimbursement contract for a period of 2-years with 2 twelve-month option periods.
Are kidding me? One of my favorite blog topics when it comes to drug abuse and they are going to actually generate some improved data on the conditional probability of dependence? And one of the DM commentariat favorite topics as well, namely how "bad" addiction to different drugs really is?
Is this great or what?