December 4, 2015 by D.A.R.E. in News

New York, NY – Tuesday evening a host of New York City notables gathered at the Metropolitan Club to honor Dr. Mark S. Gold for his 40 + years of tobacco, drug and alcohol research. Dr Gold’s research on opiate drugs, smoking, cocaine, and addiction were recognized by DARE for contributing to and improving the efficacy of the D.A.R.E. substance abuse and high risk behavior prevention education curriculum.

The event, featuring special speakers William Britten, Police Commissioner NYPD and Rikki Klieman, was hosted by John Margo Catsimatidis. Serving on the benefit committee were; Jeff Bauml, Dr. Ann Beeder, John Castle, Michael Coan, Rita Cosby, Bruce Doniger, James Essey, James J. Hunt, Giorgio Kolaj, Della & Larry Leeds, John Miller, Frank Pegueros, Lewis Rice, Howard Safir and Robert J. Strang.

Dr. Mark S. Gold is a world renowned substance abuse researcher, prevention and treatment expert who has trained nearly 80 physicians in Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry. He is best known for his research leading to new understanding for how cocaine, opiates and more recently, food activates and changes the brain. This work has led to new insights and treatment Dr. Mark S. Gold has served on D.A.R.E. America’s Scientific Advisory Board for more than 15 years and before his retirement as a member of D.A.R.E. America’s Board of Directors.. Dr. Gold served on the seminal CASA, Columbia University Addiction Medicine panel, that summarized the state of the art in Addiction Medicine and emphasized the need for education of health professionals and others in their seminal report. He was honored as the University of Florida’s 17th Distinguished Alumni Professor, was the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Chairman and a Professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, community health and family medicine. He was recently recognized for his Lifetime Achievements in Addiction Medicine, 40 years of research helping to develop models for understanding the effects of tobacco, cocaine, other drugs by the American Society of Addiction Medicine at their national meeting with the 2015 John McGovern Award and Prize. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis (

While speaking to those in attendance, Dr. Gold stated “Prevention is the only 100% safe and effective treatment. We have made great progress in understanding the substances of abuse, addictions, and developing new and effective treatments. We have lagged behind in prevention , education of physicians and support for Addiction Medicine Fellowships.”

In his comments, Mr. Robert Strang stated, “Dr. Gold has changed the way scientists and the public understand the effects of drugs on the brain and the need to prevent first use. He has been a teacher and mentor to many of the leaders in research, public service, and prevention. It is a pleasure to recognize his 40 years of exemplary service to the treatment, education and prevention fields and DARE.”

Francisco Pegueros, Preident & CEO of D.A.R.E. America said, “D.A.R.E. America has been privileged by Dr. Gold’s commitment of his expertise and dedication to prevention, research, and education. His work has led to improvements of D.A.R.E.’s curricular offerings. Dr. Gold’s contributions have not only been of benefit to D.A.R.E., but all of this nation’s prevention endeavors”.

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Mark S. Gold, M.D. –

Chairman of Rivermend Health’s Scientific Advisory Boards. He serves as Chairman of the Addiction & Psychiatry Scientific Advisory Board and also as the Chairman of the Eating Disorders and Obesity Scientific Advisory Board. He served as Professor, the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry from 1990-2014. Dr Gold was the first Faculty from the College of Medicine to be selected as a University-wide Distinguished Alumni Professor and served as the 17th University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Professor. Prior to assuming the position as Chair, he was a Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology, and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is also a member of the McKnight Brain Institute and a Founder of the U.F. Center for Alcohol and Drug Research and Education, Adjunct, Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and on March 5th, 2015, Dr. Gold became the Director of Research, Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation working on global drug use, abuse and addiction problems and solutions.

D.A.R.E. America/International

D.A.R.E. America/International is the 501(c)3 organization responsible for administration and oversight for all D.A.R.E. implementations.

D.A.R.E.’s worldwide footprint is impressive. Each year around the globe, more than 20,000 D.A.R.E. officers representing law enforcement entities in 50 nations present D.A.R.E. classes to more than two and a half million students. Among nations recently implementing D.A.R.E. are; Kazakhstan and Bahrain. This past July, following a rigorous certification process, Bahrain was established as D.A.R.E.’s first training center in the Middle East.

In 2010, D.A.R.E. America, in alliance with The Pennsylvania State University, completed implementation of the new D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL middle school curriculum. The keepin’ it REAL middle school curriculum was developed by Penn State and Arizona State University, with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Rigorous scientific evaluation of the curriculum kiR established it as an evidence-based program. Students completing the kiR program demonstrate:

  • 32%-44% reduction in marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol use
  • 30%-38% increase in knowledge about and negative attitudes towards drug use
  • 29%-34% decrease in intent to accept offers to use substances

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