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Prescription Drugs/Opiates/Overdose

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 Briefs
Great for: Easy-to-read snapshots of statistics and trending topics. (more Expand/Collapse)

Drug Abuse Trends Reports (CEWG Seattle-King County)
Great for: Seattle and King County data on substances of use, drug-related deaths, youth use, and more.  (more Expand/Collapse)

Published annually by the Community Epidemiology Work Group for Seattle-King County. Include data from the WA State Patrol Crime Lab, the Recovery Help Line, The Healthy Youth Survey, treatment admissions, the King County Medical Examiner, and Public Health-Seattle & King County. Data includes substances of use, drug-related deaths, youth use, and more.

TakeAsDirected (WA Dept. of Health)
Great for: Finding data summaries, information for providers, older adults, pain patients, parents, and teens, and FAQs.  (more Expand/Collapse)

The TakeAsDirected site focuses on prescription pain medication and features a wide array of materials and links. Use the menu bar along the left side of the screen to navigate through the pages.


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 this site on Twitter. (more Expand/Collapse)

This site from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the UW 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.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board - Marijuana Education
Great for: Information about both retail and medical marijuana from the state licensing agency. Includes section with education about the law and information for parents and consumers (more Expand/Collapse)

WSLCB is the regulatory agency overseeing licensing and sales of retail cannabis. Their website includes information for sellers, parents, consumers, and the general public, with a detailed breakdown of the law (I-502) and safety information.

Washington State Department of Health: You and Your Family - Marijuana
Great for: Information on medical and recreational marijuana in Washington with a focus on policy and prevention. (more Expand/Collapse)

This DOH site doesn't have a lot of information on it, but includes links to the laws related to both medical and retail marijuana, as well as a few educational resources.

Medline Plus - Marijuana (NLM)
Great for: Patients and their families looking for a range of reliable, vetted information on health-related aspects of marijuana. (more Expand/Collapse)

Find health information about marijuana on this page, with statistics and research, links to the latest news, diagnosis and treatment of marijuana dependence, information about synthetic cannabis like Spice, and related journal articles. Includes patient handouts for providers.

Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain Training (ADAI)
Great for: Online training for healthcare providers about how medicinal cannabis works and best clinical practices. CME available. (more Expand/Collapse)

Developed for health professionals, including physicians, nurses, osteopaths, pharmacists, and physician assistants, this training presents current information on the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of various conditions, with a focus on chronic pain. Developed by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the UW with funding from the WA State Office of the Attorney General.


ADAI Information Briefs (ADAI)
Great for: Easy-to-read snapshots of some alcohol-related topics. (more Expand/Collapse)

Several of our ADAI Info Briefs focus on the topic of alcohol, including:

Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit (ADAI)
Great for: References and research projects related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. (more Expand/Collapse)

The Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU) is a research unit dedicated since 1973 to the goals of studying fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) across the life span, disseminating research information, providing consultation for individuals affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, and intervening with high-risk mothers to prevent future births of children with fetal alcohol and drug effects.

Synthetic Drugs/Legal Highs

ADAI Information Brief: Legal Highs (2013) (ADAI)
Great for: Simple descriptions of synthetic drugs making the news in Washington state and nationwide. (more Expand/Collapse)

For other briefs in this series, visit our Publications page.

NIDA DrugFacts
Great for: Overviews about effects of specific substances of abuse, including Spice/K2 and Bath Salts, and their addictive potential. (more Expand/Collapse)

DrugFacts pages cover numerous substances, including pages on: K2/Spice (synthetic marijuana) and Synthetic Cathinones ("bath salts")..

General Sources

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.

ADAI Library Bibliographies
Great for: Generating an up-to-date list of research articles, books, videos, links, and more related to specific drugs or other topics. Take our training to learn how to use the ADAI Library! (more Expand/Collapse)

Do a live search of all the ADAI Library databases on these popular topics, pulling up everything we have in our journal articles, books, videos, and web links collections. For specific drugs of abuse, jump to that section here.

ADAI Clearinghouse
Great for: Finding print and online resources about drugs and alcohol, with a focus on training and prevention. 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. All materials are free to Washington State residents. Includes professional training materials, information for youth, parents, schools, and more.

CTN What's New blog
Great for: Brief descriptions of the latest research coming from NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network.  (more Expand/Collapse)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse's Clinical Trials Network was developed to help bridge the gap between research and practice in substance use disorder treatment. Studies in the CTN have focused on a range of subjects, including treatment for prescription-opioid addiction, screening and brief intervention, youth and family treatment, treatment for co-occurring disorders like ADHD and PTSD, and more. The blog helps keep providers up-to-date on the latest research in the field. Post on this blog describes new publications coming from the CTN (research articles, e.g.), as well as items that may be of interest to those following the CTN.

Medline Plus (NLM)
Great for: Patients and their families looking for a range of reliable, vetted information on health-related aspects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and addiction. (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.

NIDA DrugFacts
Great for: Short factsheets with information about specific substances of abuse, how they are used, and their addictive potential. (more Expand/Collapse)

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these factsheets are appropriate for the general public, students, and youth.

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