Office of National Drug Control Policy

A scientist in drug policy in Washington, DC


Address for correspondence: Bertha K. Madras, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, NEPRC, 1 Pine Hill Dr., Southborough, MA 01772-9102.


This essay describes how a basic scientist was thrust into the epicenter, the political cauldron of our national drug control policy, and how the experience altered her professional trajectory and perspective.