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August 18, 2022

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 (faculty and research scientists or mentored pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows) for pilot studies and developmental research. Applications are now being accepted! Deadline:…

August 17, 2022

ADAI Virtual Training: Seeing & Interacting with Trauma – Sept 14 & 21

Upcoming ADAI Event

ADAI is hosting a 2-day training this September about trauma. REGISTER HERE. The two sessions build on each other and will provide attendees with the opportunity to: Understand how common trauma is and how to recognize it. Learn how our own experience and past trauma influence interactions with clients. Learn skills to interact effectively with…

August 10, 2022

ADAI Job Opening: Program Operations Specialist with CEDEER

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Come work for a great team that does the kind of work that truly makes a difference! The ADAI Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology and Research (CEDEER) has an open position for a Program Operations Specialist to assist with their “Community Drug Checking to Prevent Overdose Project.” The goal of this project is to…

August 3, 2022

Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction, & Treatment – Webinar Series August 8-19

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The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is hosting a webinar and social media series this month on Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction, & Treatment, August 8-19th. Through presentations from staff at the WAPC and experts from a range of other organizations, including ADAI, the series will explore unintentional and intentional factors that can lead to overdose, how…

August 2, 2022

Cannabis-Related Calls to the WA Poison Center, 2017-2021

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The 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 has been documented in legalized states since 2014, including Washington. Given this increase and the diversification of legalized cannabis products, poison centers began collecting more information on…

August 1, 2022

How to Talk to Your Partner About Their Addiction (UW Right as Rain)

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This piece from the UW Medicine magazine Right as Rain (by McKenna Princing) features advice from ADAI/Psychiatry Assistant Professor Mandy Owens, PhD on how couples can talk to each other about their substance use. The pandemic has led to worsened mental health for many folks, including an increase of use of substances to cope. “People…

July 22, 2022

New from ADAI: Most US Adults Who Use Cannabis Also Use Other Substances

This new article, coauthored by ADAI Research Scientists Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH and Gillian Schauer, PhD, MPH, reports on one of the first studies to explore the prevalence of adults in the U.S. who use cannabis while abstaining from other substances. Using data from adults aged 18 or older who responded to the 2017 or…

July 21, 2022

New: Cannabis Legalization in WA: Policy Evolution and Emerging Evidence from the First 9 Years

The Cannabis Social Club

The new book THE CANNABIS SOCIAL CLUB (Routledge, 2023) features a chapter focused on policy evolution and emerging evidence from the first nine years of cannabis legalization in Washington state that was co-authored by Julia Dilley (Oregon Health Authority and UW), Caislin Firth (UW ADAI), and Beau Kilmer (RAND Corporation). The book’s title, “Cannabis Social…

July 19, 2022

REGISTER NOW! ADAI Symposium: High-THC Cannabis in Legal Regulated Markets

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our fall cannabis symposium, to be held both online and in-person at the UW Tower in Seattle, WA. This year’s event, High THC Cannabis in Legal Regulated Markets: Documenting Risks & Exploring Solutions for Non-Medical Use, will focus on the short and long-term risks of high-THC products, including conversations about policy-focused solutions and…

July 13, 2022

New Article: Community-Based “Meds-First” Model of Care for Opioid Use Disorder Study

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  This paper, by ADAI Principal Research Scientist Caleb Banta-Green and colleagues, describes the Community-Based “Meds First” model of care for opioid use disorder treatment and an ongoing study. The Meds First model of care is based on same-day (typically) access to buprenorphine; walk-in, non-appointment support with a nurse care manager and care navigator; no…

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