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September 13, 2021

College Students Report Record-High Cannabis Use, Record-Low Alcohol Use in 2020 (Washington Post)

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A newly released study from Monitoring the Future found that nearly half of the country’s college-age students said they consumed marijuana last year, leading researchers to wonder whether the pandemic may have spurred the record in cannabis consumption, the Washington Post reported. ADAI Research Scientist Susan Stoner, PhD, says in Post article that in places…

September 7, 2021

Webinar: Firearms, Culture & Suicide Risk: What is Safety? (Sept. 29, 12pm PT)

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September is Suicide Prevention Month. In the U.S., firearm-related suicides account for almost half of suicide deaths and for most fatal firearm injuries. In clinical settings, lethal means counseling has been proposed as a way of addressing this risk.  Implementation efforts, however, have been accompanied by growing awareness of a “culture gap” between clinicians with…

September 1, 2021

September is National Recovery Month

Each September, National Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. The 2021 National Recovery Month theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every…

August 31, 2021

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day

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2021 was a challenging year, one where overdose deaths rose dramatically in WA State and nationwide. Each of those deaths represents a friend, family member, or member of our community. Every August 31, the International Overdose Awareness Day campaign works to end overdose, reduce stigma of drug-related death, and acknowledge the grief of family and friends left…

August 10, 2021

Webinar: Problem Gambling 101 (Aug 18, 12pm)

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Join the Northwest ATTC on Wednesday, August 18 (12-1pm PT) for their next webinar: Problem Gambling 101, featuring presenters Tana Russell and Maureen Greeley, Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling.  This session will offer a broad overview of problem gambling and its impacts. It will include an overview of gambling, recreational gambling, problem gambling, and Gambling…

August 6, 2021

Cannabis Sales in WA, OR, AK, and CO Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Cannabis sales in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington increased more during the COVID-19 pandemic than in the previous two years, according to this new study in the International Journal of Drug Policy from ADAI research scientist Gillian Schauer and colleagues – the first study to document changes in U.S. cannabis sales data during the pandemic….

August 4, 2021

Webinar Series on Overdose from WA Poison Center, Aug 23-Sep 3

Text on blue background reading Overdose: Prevention, Harm Reduction & Treatment. An educational series from the Washington Poison Center, August 23-September 3

This upcoming 2-week series of webinars from the Washington Poison Center will cover a range of subjects related to overdose, including a session from ADAI health educator Alison Newman on opioids and stimulants in Washington State. The goal of the series, timed at the end of the month to coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day…

July 28, 2021

Apply for an ADAI Small Grant!

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The Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) works to stimulate and facilitate UW research on alcohol and drug use and addiction through its Small Grants Program, which awards funds to UW researchers for pilot studies and developmental research. Applications for the next round of grants are being accepted now, with deadlines this fall! Cannabis Small Grants Applications…

July 26, 2021

Transforming Our Communities 2021 Summit Videos Now Available!

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In June 2021, ADAI’s Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, and Research (CEDEER) held its second annual Transforming Our Communities: Supporting People Who Use Drugs summit. This 2-day event aimed to bring diverse participants together to: Understand the perspectives of people who use drugs Understand the importance of equitable access to care and services Build…

July 16, 2021

Overdose Deaths in WA Increase 37% in 2020

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Overdose deaths increased 37% in WA in 2020, with 1,724 deaths in 2020 compared to 1,259 in 2019. The largest contributor is a dramatic increase in deaths from fentanyl and fentanyl-related drugs that are illicitly manufactured. ADAI’s WA State Opioid/Major Drug Interactive Data: Preliminary drug death trends in Washington state page has updated data from…

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