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Learn About Marijuana WA (ADAI)
Great for: Science-based information for the public about retail and medical marijuana; includes factsheets, FAQ for consumers, pages for parents and teens, more. For the latest news and research, follow @MarijuanaUW on Twitter. (more Expand/Collapse)

This site from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington was developed in response to legalization and includes factsheets on various health and social aspects of marijuana, special pages for parents and teens, information about policy, law, and research, and an FAQ for adult consumers.

StopOverdose.org (ADAI)
Great for: Learning how to prevent, identify, and reverse overdoses from prescription opioid (pain) medications or heroin; finding naloxone in Washington State. (more Expand/Collapse)

Developed by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington, this site offers training on how to prevent, identify, and reverse opioid overdoses, as well as a regularly-updated listing of all the pharmacies in the state offering naloxone, a prescription medicine for use in overdose emergencies. Also find the Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE), which offers community and professional education on opioid safety.

ADAI Information Brief Series
Great for: Easy-to-read snapshots of statistics, policy issues, and trending topics.  (more Expand/Collapse)

This series covers a range of topics, including briefs on a number of specific substances of abuse, as well as policy-related issues like privatization of alcohol.

Medline Plus
Great for: U.S. National Library of Medicine site for patients and their families collects a range of information from vetted sources. (more Expand/Collapse)

Find reliable, science-based health information about a variety of topics on this site from the National Library of Medicine. See especially their Health Topics categories for Substance Abuse Problems, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health and Behavior.

See also: Trending Topics


Prevention Resources

ADAI Clearinghouse
Great for: Finding print and online resources about drugs and alcohol, with a focus on training and prevention. Washington residents can request free print materials. Take our training to learn how to use this tool! (more Expand/Collapse)

The ADAI Clearinghouse is a resource center with both print and online resources about drugs and alcohol. Print materials are free to Washington State residents. Includes professional training materials, information for youth, parents, schools, and more.

A Parent's Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use (Seattle Children's and UW)
Great for: Advice for Washington State parents concerned about the implications of legalized retail marijuana on kids. (more Expand/Collapse)

This popular resource from Seattle Children's and the UW's Social Development Research Group (SDRG) talks about how marijuana use affects adolescent health and the developing brain, and what parents can do to help keep their child away from marijuana in an era of legalization.

SAMHSA Store
Great for: Print and online prevention and training resources about drugs and alcohol, including many items in Spanish and other languages. (more Expand/Collapse)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publishes a huge array of print and online materials for providers, students, and the general public. Many of the online items are free; there may be a fee for shipping print materials. Search the database, browse by topic (using the red toolbar at the top), or explore their Top 50 Most Popular Products. SAMHSA publishes the popular TIP series (Treatment Improvement Protocol) for providers and students.

NIDA Publications
Great for: Easy-to-understand, science-based publications for the public, patients, or youth on a range of topics. (more Expand/Collapse)

Find research-based information on substances, addiction, treatment, and prevention. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (3rd edition) is a frequently-cited publication, and their DrugFacts series is also very popular with schools and community groups.

NIDA for Teens: Parents Section
Great for: Scientific facts about drugs, parenting skills for prevention of youth use, and how to get help if you think your child has a problem. (more Expand/Collapse)

Collection of recommended resources for parents from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), including information on positive parenting, helping your child if they have a problem with drugs, and how drugs affect the body and brain.

See also: Prevention/Treatment Resources


Data, Statistics,Trends

Washington State Data & Resources
Great for: Statewide or county-specific data on a variety of substance-related topics. (more Expand/Collapse)

Variety of data/trends for the state as a whole, plus each individual county, including statistics on:

  • substances of abuse
  • auto accidents
  • smoking
  • health-rankings,
  • overdose deaths
  • treatment admissions
  • youth
This site also features local and statewide resources for more information about treatment and prevention resources, criminal justice, public health and harm reduction, economic and fiscal issues (related to substance use), and key agencies and organizations.

Learn About Marijuana WA
Great for: Science-based information about marijuana, including some Washington statistics on adult and youth use.  (more Expand/Collapse)

The Factsheets section of this web site includes some data related to Marijuana Use: Impact in Washington, as well as Young Adults and Marijuana in our state.

Ask HYS (Healthy Youth Survey)
Great for: Finding substance- and risk-related statistics on Washington youth grades 6, 8, 10, 12.  (more Expand/Collapse)

The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service's Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. It features statistics on substance use and related risk factors in youth from grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. Create reports based on the latest data sets by combining a range of variables (school grade, topic of interest, county, school district, etc.).

See also: Data & Statistics


Other Recommended Resources

Washington Recovery Help Line: 1-866-789-1511
Great for: 24-hour help and referral for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health issues. (more Expand/Collapse)

The Washington Recovery Help Line is funded by the state Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and offers free, anonymous, and confidential crisis intervention and referral services for Washington State residents. Professional trained volunteers and staff are available 24/7 to provide emotional support and offer local treatment resources for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health, as well as other community services.

TeenLink: 1-866-TEENLINK
Great for: Confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental peer support for youth ages 13-20. Available evenings 6-10pm only. (more Expand/Collapse)

Teen Link's trained teen volunteers offer crisis intervention and emotional support for youth ages 13-20. Available every evening between 6-10pm. Chat support also available.

Seattle Area Helplines & Treatment Resources (ADAI)
Great for: Listing of local helplines, self-help and recovery resources, treatment organizations, libraries & clearinghouses, key agencies, UW resouces, and more. (more Expand/Collapse)

Compiled by ADAI Library & Clearinghouse staff at the University of Washington.

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