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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:…


April 10, 2020

WA State Syringe Exchange Health Survey, 2019 Results

ADAI, in partnership with Public Health-Seattle & King County, has published the latest biennial survey of people who inject illicit drugs in the state of Washington. The results of the survey provide important findings for policy makers, particularly as the world struggles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Syringe Exchange Health Survey, by…


March 30, 2020

Behavioral Health Support Staff Needed in King County

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URGENT: King County is seeking staff with behavioral health training to staff the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facilities. Currently, two locations are being set up: One in Kent and another in North Seattle, with additional locations likely. View a brief video about the isolation and quarantine facilities:  These are facilities for people who have symptoms…


March 19, 2020

Online/Phone Recovery Support During COVID-19

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Many in-person 12-step and other recovery support meetings have been canceled because of COVID-19. Here are some links and information about support you can access online or by phone. We will add to this list as we learn of new resources! Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) http://aaphonemeetings.orgAA phone meetings are listed by day (click on the day…


March 18, 2020

Nation’s Opioid Addiction Treatment System During COVID-19 Needs Reform

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This opinion piece, written by ADAI principal research scientist Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW with Regina Labelle. JD (Georgetown University Law Center) and Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH (addiction medicine specialist), describes the challenges associated with medication treatment for opioid use disorder in a time when social distancing has become a vital part of protecting public…


March 11, 2020

Information Deficiency is a Barrier to Opioid Treatment in Prisons/Jails

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Medications for opioid use disorder like buprenorphine and methadone have been linked to lower mortality rates. Despite their effectiveness, they are still underutilized for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. “Most jails are not providing our front-line treatment for opioid disorder,” said Mandy Owens, an ADAI research scientist who provides training to facilities and works to…


February 5, 2020

Cannabis Ads in Washington Mimic Strategies Used by Alcohol Industry

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Recent research has shown that exposure to cannabis advertising is associated with cannabis use and/or intention to use, as well as more favorable attitudes toward its use — all consistent with what we already know from a wealth of similar studies about alcohol and tobacco advertising. In Washington State, cannabis was legalized for non-medical use…


February 3, 2020

Seattle to Distribute Naloxone Kits & Hold Trainings to Counter Fentanyl Overdoses

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The city of Seattle will be distributing 700 naloxone kits and convening 25 training sessions with community organizations as part of an effort to counter overdoses caused by fentanyl. ADAI staff Alison Newman and Caleb Banta-Green provided input on the mayor’s plan and will be delivering many of the naloxone trainings. For more about this…


December 10, 2019

Bia Carlini Named Director, UW Tobacco Studies Program

Dr. Bia Carlini, PhD, MPH, has been named as the new director of the Tobacco Studies Program in the School of Public Health, beginning December 15, 2019. Her earlier participation in the TSP convinced her to focus her career on tobacco control: as part of the first cohort of tobacco scholars, (2003-4), her tobacco-related practicum…



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