Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute


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

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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…

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…

January 31, 2022

New from ADAI: Distributing Safer Smoking Supplies Can Help Reduce Health Risks of Opioid/Stimulant Use

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In Washington State and across the country, fentanyl has quickly become a major opioid in the illicit drug supply. Fentanyl, especially in pill form, is most often smoked rather than injected. Similarly, methamphetamine is most typically smoked and its use and fatal overdoses have increased rapidly in recent years. Harm reduction programs, including syringe services programs (SSPs), do a great job…

January 26, 2022

New from ADAI: Cannabis Industry Marketing Violations in WA, 2014-2019

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There’s a conflict between prevention and profit when it comes to marketing by the cannabis industry in Washington State, say ADAI researchers Beatriz Carlini, PhD, Sharon Garrett, MPH, MA, and Caislin Firth, PhD, MPH, and Rutgers researcher Ilana Pinsky, PhD. Engaging community members in monitoring for marketing rule violations could help keep that conflict in…

December 16, 2021

New ADAI Report: Housing Program Staff Want More Training to Address Substance Use

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To learn more about the needs of housing professionals who work with people who use substances, ADAI staff Alison Newman, MPH and Susan Kingston conducted an anonymous, online survey in September 2021. The objectives of this survey were to: identify successes and challenges, determine how knowledgeable and comfortable staff feel in working with substance use,…

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