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October 6, 2020

‘There Was Nothing to Help Me’: How the Pandemic Has Worsened Opioid Addiction (The Guardian)

Many addiction treatment centers around the U.S. have shut down or turned away patients because of the pandemic, as they struggle with financial losses and challenging safety protocols. At the same time, rising job losses, isolation, and cuts to resources for people in recovery have been cited as contributing factors to reported rises in opioid…


September 29, 2020

Kaiser Permanente WA Health Research Institute (Seattle) Seeking 2 Research Associates

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Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), part of the NIDA CTN’s Health Systems Node, is seeking 2 full-time Master’s or PhD-level research scientists (Research Associate II or III) to collaborate on addiction- and pain-related research in health care settings. Competitive applicants will be interested in devoting 100% of research time to working on fast-moving teams led by…


August 27, 2020

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

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Monday, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day to remember those we’ve lost to overdose. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of overdose deaths, and increase understanding of how to respond to overdose at an individual and community level. This email includes: resources for Overdose Awareness Day, upcoming webinars of interest,…


August 24, 2020

Telehealth Not Reaching Key Groups Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder

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As COVID-19 cases continue to appear across the country, so too do opioid overdose deaths, with more than 40 states reporting recent increases in opioid-related mortality. While telehealth has been rapidly implemented and hailed as a way to provide safe care, it doesn’t seem to be working for all of those in need. ADAI Principal…


New Publications from ADAI Researchers

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Here’s a sampling of recent articles published by ADAI researchers. For more, visit our Publications & Reports page. Need help finding a copy? Copy and paste the citation into an email and send to Meg Brunner, MLIS, Director of Information Services: meganw@uw.edu. Interest in reducing methamphetamine and opioid use among syringe services program participants in…


July 21, 2020

Webinar July 28: Decarceration and Connection to Care

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ADAI’s Dr. Caleb Banta-Green will be part of a 3-person panel discussion on July 28th (12-1:30pm EDT) about decarceration and connection to care. Sponsored by the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, this webinar is part 4 of their “Applying the Evidence” series on jails and prisons as critical intervention…


July 16, 2020

Transforming Our Communities Summit Videos Now Available!

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On June 22 and July 7, the Center for Drug Safety and Services Education at ADAI hosted a two-part, FREE virtual summit to bring people together to improve health, equity, and justice for people who use drugs. The summit, titled Transforming Our Communities: Health, Equity, and Justice for People Who Use Drugs, had the following goals: Increase understanding of the perspectives of…


June 5, 2020

ADAI Stands in Solidarity with Our Black Colleagues, Partners, Friends, and Community Members

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George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Charleena Lyles. Manuel Ellis. And countless others. Say their names. In the wake of the many Black lives lost to police violence and racism, we stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, partners, friends, and community members. Racism, including unequal access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity, as well…


May 28, 2020

Webinar: Can Budtenders Be Cannabis Health Risks Educators? (Recording Available)

Can budtenders be cannabis health risks educators?

On June 15, 2020, Dr. Bia Carlini from ADAI presented a webinar describing the findings of a series of focus groups conducted in King County that explore how cannabis retail workers, “budtenders,” perceive their potential role as health risks educators. Presented by the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, Prevention Works Seattle, and the Kitsap…


May 1, 2020

Fundamentals of Telemental Health: 6-Week Series Starting May 12 (Northwest ATTC)

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Join the Northwest ATTC for a 6-week online series, Fundamentals of Telemental Health, presented by Sara Smucker Barnwell, PhD, Cilnical Psychologist. The series will feature 6 weekly 2-hour webinars (5-7pm PT every Tuesday starting May 12). Register once, then attend any of the sessions that interest you! May 12: Introduction to Telemental Health May 19:…



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