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May 9, 2022

Why ADAI is Using “Cannabis” Instead of “Marijuana”

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Words matter. And that’s why we’re working to replace the term “marijuana” on ADAI websites and resources with “cannabis,” following the recent passing of Washington State’s HB 1210. This new law makes Washington State a pioneer on removing discriminatory language from cannabis-related official documents in the United States. The term “marijuana” came into popular usage in the U.S….


May 4, 2022

Get News, Events, & Research Updates on Opioids & Stimulants from CEDEER

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The Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology and Research (CEDEER) group at ADAI joins research with the “real-world” to generate innovative, evidence-based, and person-centered responses to the use of opioids, stimulants and other illicit substances. The group works to collect and share knowledge gained from research, local data, clinical expertise, and personal lived experiences of…


May 2, 2022

ADAI in the News: High-Potency Cannabis a Concern in WA and CO

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ADAI cannabis expert Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH was interviewed for a national NBC News article exploring the impact of high-THC concentration products in states that have legalized cannabis for retail sale, like Washington and Colorado. Dr. Carlini, who was part of a team of UW and WSU researchers who put together a consensus statement and…


March 8, 2022

Results from the 2021 WA State Syringe Service Program Health Survey

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The biennial WA State Syringe Service Program Health Survey is the state’s primary source of data on the substance use patterns, health behaviors, and health care needs of people who use drugs and utilize syringe service programs (SSPs). The University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) conducts the survey in collaboration with Public…


February 16, 2022

New from ADAI/FADU: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Mental Health at Midlife

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The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) have been studied a lot, with a particular focus on physical birth defects and neurocognitive development. Much less studied has been an association between PAE and mental health disorders, especially for adults with both PAE and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Though some research has found a connection…


December 7, 2021

Kay Kelly Awarded FASD United Star of Justice

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Kathryn (Kay) Kelly, Research Coordinator at ADAI’s Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit and Project Director of the FASD Legal Issues Resource Center, was recently honored by FASD United for her years of service to people with FASD. At the annual FASD United Circle of Stars ceremony on December 3, 2021, Ms. Kelly was awarded the…


November 17, 2021

Seattle Now Episode Featuring ADAI’s Michelle Peavy, PhD

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants three drug distributors to pay up for their role in the opioid epidemic. If he wins in court, the state could have billions of dollars to spend on treatment. In this episode of KUOW’s Seattle Now, host Patricia Murphy talks with ADAI’s Dr. Michelle Peavy about what the…


October 4, 2021

Fentanyl is Flooding into the Inland NW, Triggering a Deadlier Phase of the Opioid Crisis (The Inlander)

In this article by Wilson Criscione of The Inlander about the flood of fentanyl into Washington State, ADAI’s Dr. Caleb Banta-Green says that it’s rare for an illicit pill looking like an oxy not to be fentanyl. “Banta-Green […] says that every fatal King County overdose in 2020 with an M-30 tablet at the scene…


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…


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…



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