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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 StopOverdose.org

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StopOverdose.org, 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,…


Position Available: Addiction Medicine Clinical Researcher at Hennepin Healthcare (Univ. of Minnesota)

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The Addiction Medicine Division at Hennepin Healthcare seeks a full-time Clinical Researcher (MD or other doctoral level clinician) whose addiction-related research interests include health disparities and safety-net populations, integrated models of addiction care in general medical settings, implementation science, health services research, or pragmatic clinical trials. Position will be eligible for Assistant/Associate Professor appointment at the University of Minnesota.   Position…


March 19, 2021

New from the Northwest ATTC: Clinical EBP Demonstration Video Series for Telehealth

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The Northwest ATTC’s new Clinical EBP Demonstration Video Series intends to demonstrate how a diverse set of clinical practitioners make use of evidenced based practices (EBP) in a telehealth environment. The impetus for these videos came from a provider survey and our organization partners who identified “Clinical Demonstration” as a needed product, especially with the recent…


March 10, 2021

Webinar: Criminal Legal Fines and Their Impact on Opportunity and Inequality (March 23)

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March 23, 2021 | 10:00-11:00am PST | Register here Many people with opioid and other substance use disorders have criminal legal involvement. Even after incarceration, criminal legal fees and fines can pose barriers to recovery, financial stability, employment, and housing. In this webinar Dr. Alexes Harris will speak about her research on the ways that sentenced fines…


March 1, 2021

Putting People First: The Why Behind ADAI’s Name Change

by ADAI Director Susan Ferguson, PhD ADAI was founded in 1973 with the goal of improving the lives of individuals and communities affected by substance use and addiction. Unfortunately, substance use and substance use disorders have long been stigmatized in our society. This, in turn, can be a major barrier for seeking and receiving medical or…


New Methamphetamine Overdose Materials & Report

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ADAI and StopOverdose.org have several new materials available related to methamphetamine overdose and overamping. Report: Acute Consequences of Methamphetamine Use Among Participants of Syringe Services Programs Drug overdose deaths involving methamphetamine have risen over 600% in the last decade. The 2019 Washington State Syringe Exchange Health Survey asked syringe services program participants about nonfatal, acute consequences of…


February 24, 2021

New Factsheet: WA Poison Center Calls for Intentional Exposure to Cannabis, 2017-2020

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Washington Poison Center (WPC) receives calls for help about people who used a substance and experienced negative reactions. An increase in poison center calls for cannabis consumption have been documented in legalized states since 2014. Given this increase and the diversification of legalized cannabis products, poison centers began collecting more information on the type of cannabis products…



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