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.  


Our Priorities

Our Leadership

Robert L. DuPont, MD, President

Caroline DuPont, MD, Vice President

Led by Drs. Robert and Caroline DuPont, IBH serves as an expert voice in national and global drug policy, identifying and promoting practical and affordable ideas to reduce illegal drug use. Learn more.

About IBH

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Drug Policy Perspectives

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. Full Press Release.

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.

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. 

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

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

Learn more about our priority to Reduce Rx Drug Abuse.

Global Engagement

IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD, pictured below with Pope Francis, participated in global workshop on narcotics in Rome. Learn more about our priority to Lead International Drug Policy.

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