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July 12, 2021

ADAI’S CEDEER Seeking Continuing Education Coordinator

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ADAI’s Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology and Research (CEDEER) is seeking a Continuing Education Coordinator! As a team member of CEDEER, you will actively contribute to a growing portfolio of research and projects across the state related to substance use interventions, drug epidemiology, overdose prevention, and harm reduction. Reporting to the Manager of Program…

June 22, 2021

New ADAI Research Briefs Related to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Group Counseling and Supporting Adolescents

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ADAI Research Scientists K. Michelle Peavy and Caleb Banta-Green recently completed two new ADAI Research Briefs, both related to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Group Counseling for People in Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder This brief looks at how group counseling can be adapted to work with OUD treatment models where medications play…

May 26, 2021

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New Study: Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Underused in Washington State

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Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a major concern in the United States. Treatment medications like methadone and buprenorphine have been found to be effective at improving functioning and reducing deaths, with longer treatment periods leading to better outcomes for health issues, quality of life, employment, and more. Because people do better when they stay on…

May 10, 2021

In the News: Overdose Deaths in WA Up 30% in 2020

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According to preliminary data from the state Department of Health, as reported by the Seattle Times, fatal drug overdoses in Washington State increased by more than 30% in 2020 compared to the previous year — an increase more than twice as large as any other year in the past decade. Deadly opioid overdoses increased even…

May 4, 2021

Learn About Opioid and Stimulant Use in Two New ADAI Briefs

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ADAI recently published two new research briefs, both about opioid and stimulant use, and both written by ADAI researchers K. Michelle Peavy, PhD, Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, and Mandy Owens, PhD. Opioids and Stimulants: What Are They and How Are People Using Them? This 9-page report: examines the combined opioid/stimulant picture; reviews opioid and…

April 8, 2021

ADAI Stands with Our Asian and Asian American Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Community Members

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We are deeply disturbed and saddened by the rise in anti-Asian and anti-Asian American hate crimes throughout the country. The recent attack on a Japanese language teacher in the International District and vandalizing of two Asian American churches in North Seattle show that the Seattle area is no exception to violence against these communities. Particularly…

March 30, 2021

The Potential Role of “Budtenders” in Responsible Use Education with Adult Cannabis Consumers

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Cannabis legalization in Washington State dramatically increased the availability, use, and potency of cannabis products for adults 21 and older. Public health education promoting safe use for adult consumers has lagged behind these trends. Cannabis retail workers (“budtenders”) help customers select products and are knowledgeable about the store’s inventory. Those helping customers with medicinal cannabis…

March 29, 2021

New Webinars Page on logo, a project from the ADAI Center for Drug Safety and Education Services Education unit, recently added a new page to host its webinar series. Webinar topics have included: Criminal legal fines and their impact on opportunity and inequality, with Dr. Alexes Harris, March 2021 Hepatitis C Treatment in WA: Lummi Tribal Health Center &…

March 23, 2021

Dr. Banta-Green on Northwest Now: “If you build the right care, people will show up.”

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ADAI Principal Research Scientist Caleb Banta-Green, PhD appeared on Northwest Now (KBTC/PBS) this week to talk about COVID’s impacts on substance use and overdose; the importance of harm reduction approaches targeted toward those with severe patterns of use; and the Blake decision overturning the state’s criminal drug possession laws. In terms of the Blake decision,…

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