Scientific Writing and Editing to Support the National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Agency:
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Office:
    Office of Science Policy and Communication
  • Solution:
    Our staff supported NIDA’s dissemination of science-based information on addiction by providing editing of article manuscripts for Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, updating seven NIDA Research Reports on topics related to addiction, and developing animations to explain how addictive drugs affect the brain.

Synergy's Approach

Our staff supported NIDA’s dissemination of science-based information on addiction by editing 100 article manuscripts for Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, sending them to Boston College for review. We also designed materials to publicize the journal and expand author participation. Synergy staff also conducted literature searches, wrote, and edited updates for seven NIDA Research Reports on topics of critical importance to the public—including cocaine, therapeutic communities, co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, addiction treatment, nicotine/tobacco, HIV, and methamphetamine. Additionally, SEI’s team of science writers worked with an artist and NIDA staff members to create a script and animated video to show the effects of marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine on the brain in a scientifically accurate and engaging manner.