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Addiction is a more problem in American than most people realize: According to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, one in seven Americans will face a substance addiction in their lifetime.

An interdisciplinary research center that conducts original research on issues in statistics, research design, and measurement emerging in the prevention and treatment of problem behaviors — particularly drug abuse — Penn State’s Methodology Center applies the new methods developed in empirical research and disseminates new methods to prevention and treatment scientists.

In addition to personal costs and risks, addiction represents a national expense of more than $740 billion related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care.

With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities, and is one of only two institutions in the nation accorded land grant, sea grant, sun grant, and space grant status. As researchers, we look to serve our community, both locally and globally, with innovative breakthroughs and significant discoveries that make real-world change for the better.