The workgroup, a part of Nevada’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency, conducts statewide research looking at potential causes for substance abuse such as availability, price and community norms, as well as looking at the consequences of substance abuse such as the effect on schoolwork and community crime rates. The research is then used by statewide agencies to direct their efforts for effective prevention and treatment programs. The work group operates under the Nevada Division of Mental Health.
Pritsos, a professor in the Department of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, was asked to serve because of his specialty in tobacco abuse research. His research includes studying the effects of environmental tobacco smoke on workers, determining whether air filtration systems minimize health effects and looking into health problems caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.