The future belongs to new ideas and the new policies they inspire.


Founded in 1978, the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that develops new ideas to reduce illegal drug use.  Non-partisan and non-political, IBH serves as a catalyst for change.  IBH facilitates creative public and private sector collaboration to achieve this important public health goal.  


Chemical Slavery Now available

At a time when the nation is searching for ways to save lives from opioid and other drug overdoses as well as how to reduce the burden of addiction on individuals, families and communities, IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD has written Chemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemicfor parents, teachers, physicians and for everyone afflicted by addiction.  The book also guides leaders in public policy and planning positions, as well as drug abuse treatment. 

Chemical Slavery covers two crucial topics: First, the national drug epidemic including an understanding of its evolution to become a national emergency, and the science of addiction and recovery. Second, Dr. DuPont presents his experience-based guide to the intimate, day-to-day struggle with the disease of addiction from prevention to lasting recovery. This book shows the ways in which these two domains of addiction, the national and the personal, are intertwined and can be both understood and managed.

Learn more about Dr. DuPont and his 50 years of experience in addiction treatment and drug policy. Full Press Release.

The IBH Commentary Reducing Future Rates of Adult Addiction Must Begin with Youth Prevention underscores that at a contentious time in drug policy – with a rising overdose death rate fueled by opioids and a loud chorus of proponents advocating the legalization of adult marijuana use, there is an important opportunity for all sides to unite around a clear goal for youth substance use prevention. Supporting youth to make One Choice of no use of any alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs for health is a noncontroversial and importantly, health-oriented, message. 

Youth Drug Use is Not inevitable:

IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD and Sharon Levy, MD, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital discuss their study showing long-term trends in high school seniors who refrain from any alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana or other drugs.



At left, IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD discusses the national opioid epidemic.

In January 2018 Dr. DuPont authored A New Narrative to Understand the Opioid Epidemic.

In May 2018 Dr. DuPont was featured in Opioid WatchThe Opioid Crisis is Now About Synthetics and Polydrug Use


IBH launched a redesigned website focused on the public safety threat of drugged driving.


IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD, pictured below with Pope Francis, participated in global workshop on narcotics in Rome. More IBH Events

More about IBH’s priority to Lead International Drug Policy.


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