Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute


February 16, 2022

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

Illustration of pregnant woman with text Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Mental Health at Midlife

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

Justice star of the year Kathryn Kelly

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

Seattle Now logo with title of episode: Treating the Opioid Epidemic

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)

Jars of cannabis

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

Budtender weighing out amount of cannabis

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 logo, 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 19, 2021

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

Man watching computer screen taking notes

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 5, 2021

UW Daily: Deaths from Fentanyl Overdose Rise in Washington

The UW student newspaper, The Daily, recently spoke to ADAI’s Dr. Caleb Banta-Green about the rise in fentanyl overdoses in Washington state. “Based on the evidence that we’ve seen, basically any pill that you’re getting not directly from a pharmacy is 99% likely to be fentanyl, not oxycodone,” Banta-Green said. “You don’t know what you’re…

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…

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