University Of Maryland
CESAR: Center for Substance Abuse Research

About Us

The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), at the University of Maryland at College Park, is dedicated to addressing the problems substance abuse creates for individuals, families, and communities.

To this end, the mission of CESAR is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and the general public about substance abuseā€”its nature and extent, its prevention and treatment, and its relation to other problems.

In pursuing its mission, CESAR conducts policy-relevant research and evaluation studies, disseminates statistical and other information, assists in training students in substance abuse research methods and policy analysis, and provides technical assistance to agencies and organizations working in substance abuse related fields.

CESAR provides three primary information services:
  • The weekly CESAR FAX, a one-page publication on a timely substance abuse issue.
  • The CESAR web site,, provides substance abuse-related information.
  • The CESAR library serves as a clearinghouse of information on substance abuse and related topics.

    In addition, research reports and other publications present the results of CESAR research activities.