Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute


June 27, 2022

New Article: Insights into a Recovery Community Center Model: Interviews with Staff from Recovery Café

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Key findings: Participants noted that having a safe, welcoming place was important, as was having access to food, community, and resources. Participants also highlighted that having opportunities to contribute to the Café and areas for growth were essential components. Overview In Spring 2020, focus groups and interviews were done virtually with ten Staff and six…

June 22, 2022

Care Navigation at Harm Reduction Programs: Community-Based “Meds First” Buprenorphine Program Preliminary Data

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ADAI Report by Susan Kingston & Caleb Banta-Green In 2019, the Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington launched the “Meds First” program to provide onsite, low-barrier access to buprenorphine in partnership with six syringe services programs across WA State. A key component of the Meds First service model was the…

May 13, 2022

New Research: Negative Attitudes About Medications for OUD Among Criminal Legal Staff

Image of guard in prison with citation of paper Negative Attitudes About Medications for OUD Among Criminal Legal Staff

Stigma is a barrier to the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) in the criminal legal system, and how staff think about criminal involvement and addiction in general might explain their negative attitudes about medications for OUD (MOUD), such as buprenorphine or methadone, as well. This new paper, coauthored by ADAI Assistant Professor Mandy Owens,…

May 4, 2022

New from ADAI: Using Alcohol & Cannabis Simultaneously More Harmful for Youth Than Use of Either Alone

New from CSHRB & ADAI: Simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use among young adults: A scoping review...

Using alcohol and cannabis simultaneously – taking them at the same time to generate overlapping effects – produces greater negative consequences than use of either substance alone, according to this new scoping review published in Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. For this review, researchers from the UW Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors…

April 27, 2022

New from ADAI: Policy Codesign Method Effective for Development of Jail-Based Re-Entry Program for Adults with OUD

This new paper, by ADAI Assistant Professor Mandy Owens and colleagues, reports on the use of a policy codesign process to develop a jail-based re-entry program for adults with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a rural county in the U.S. Researchers hoped that the codesign process, which included folks from the jail, local health department,…

April 20, 2022

New Research: Social Equity Impact of Location of Licensed & Unlicensed Cannabis Outlets in LA County

New ADAI Research with map of LA County and title of paper

Many states that have legalized retail sale of cannabis have been adding social equity provisions to try to redress inequities experienced by low-income and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. Los Angeles County (LA) has taken the approach of increasing cannabis outlet licensure and employment for…

April 19, 2022

New Guide for Friends/Family: How to Ask If They’re Getting Addicted

How to Ask if They're Getting Addicted. K. Michelle Peavy, PhD. PSYCHE

Worried about someone’s drinking or drug use, but not sure what to say? This new guide in Psyche, written by ADAI research scientist K. Michelle Peavy, PhD, describes a counseling approach that can help: Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Counseling (CRAFT). Many people who want to talk with someone about their drinking or drug use…

April 6, 2022

ADAI Report: Methadone: An Old Medication with Untapped Potential

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Learn about methadone, a medication long used in the U.S. as a treatment for opioid use disorder, in this new report, Methadone: An Old Medication with Untapped Potential, by ADAI research scientists K. Michelle Peavy, PhD and Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW. The report explains what methadone is and how it works, as well as…

March 30, 2022

New ADAI Research: Cannabis Store Location and Advertising Influences Use by Oregon Youth

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This new paper in Health and Place, led by Caislin Firth and in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, looks at the impact of retail cannabis store location and exposure to cannabis advertising on youth cannabis use. The project was partially funded by the National Institutes of Drug Abuse awarded to co-author Julia Dilley and the Horowitz Foundation…

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…

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