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On this page, you’ll find websites and other tools with information and data/statistics related to substance use in Washington State, with a particular focus on substances that have been in the news a lot.

Got a resource to suggest? Email Meg Brunner at meganw@uw.edu.

Prescription Drugs/Opioids/Overdose

StopOverdose.org (ADAI)
Great for: Learning how to prevent, identify, and reverse overdoses from opioids and stimulants; finding naloxone in Washington State. Includes information specifically about fentanyl.

LearnAboutTreatment.org (ADAI)
Great for: Learning about opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder, learning about effective treatment strategies. Includes text and video resources.

ADAI Information/Research Briefs and Reports
Great for: Easy-to-read snapshots of statistics and trending topics, including reports on methadone, syringe service programs, overdose deaths, helping people who use opioids and stimulants, and more.

Washington State Opioid/Major Drug Interactive Data (ADAI)
Great for: Finding data charts and maps featuring Washington state data related to overdose deaths, treatment admissions, statewide opioid sales, and police evidence testing data for opioids and other drugs.

Community Surveys with People Who Use Drugs (ADAI/CEEDER)
These reports from ADAI's Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, and Research feature information collected from surveys and interviews with people who work at syringe service programs and/or people who use drugs, with a particular focus on opioid use.

Opioid Overdose Prevention (WA Dept. of Health)
Great for: Finding data summaries, information for providers, older adults, pain patients, parents, and teens, and FAQs.

Cannabis

LearnAboutCannabisWA.org (ADAI)
Great for: Science-based information for the public about retail and medical cannabis; includes factsheets, FAQ for consumers, pages for parents and teens, video education, and more.

High-THC Concentration Cannabis (ADAI)
Great for: Learning about the health risks and policy concerns related to retail sale of high-THC concentration cannabis products.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board - Marijuana Education
Great for: Information about both retail and medical cannabis from the state licensing agency. Includes section with education about the law and information for parents and consumers

Washington State Department of Health: You and Your Family - Marijuana
Great for: Information on medical and recreational cannabis in Washington with a focus on policy and prevention.

Medline Plus - Marijuana (NLM)
Great for: Patients and their families looking for a range of reliable, vetted information on health-related aspects of cannabis.

Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain Training (ADAI)
Great for: Online training for healthcare providers about how medicinal cannabis works and best clinical practices. CME available.

Stimulants

StopOverdose.org (ADAI)
Great for: Learning how to prevent, identify, and reverse overdoses from prescription opioid (pain) medications or heroin; finding naloxone in Washington State. Includes information specifically about methamphetamine overdose/overamping.

LearnAboutTreatment.org (ADAI)
Great for: Learning about opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder, learning about effective treatment strategies. Includes text and video resources.

Methamphetamine Trends Across Washington State (ADAI)
Great for: Finding statistics about deaths involving methamphetamine and other stimulants by year and by county.

ADAI Research Reports/Briefs About Stimulants:

Synthetic Drugs/Legal Highs

ADAI Information Brief: Legal Highs (2013) (ADAI)
Great for: Simple descriptions of synthetic drugs making the news in Washington state and nationwide.

NIDA DrugFacts
Great for: Overviews about effects of specific substances of abuse, including Spice/K2 and Bath Salts, and their addictive potential.

Health Advisory: Increases in Availability of Cannabis Products Containing Delta-8 THC and Reported Cases of Adverse Events (CDC)
Great for: Learning more about what delta-8 THC products are and what we know about them. (Delta-8 THC is typically made from hemp, rather than from the cannabis plant, and is often not regulated in the same way delta-9 THC in cannabis is. Learn more about how Washington State regulates delta-8 products, which it treats like a "synthetic cannabinoid," here.)

General Sources

ADAI Clearinghouse
Great for: Finding print and online resources about drugs and alcohol, with a focus on training and prevention. Includes materials from the Washington State Department of Health, SAMHSA, NIDA, and more. Shipping of print materials is available for free for Washington State residents.

Addiction Science Made Easy (ATTC Network)
Great for: Brief descriptions of the latest research coming from NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network.

Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)
Great for: Patients and their families looking for a range of reliable, vetted information on health-related aspects of alcohol, tobacco, opioids, cannabis, and other drugs and addiction.

NIDA DrugFacts
Great for: Short factsheets with information about specific substances of abuse, how they are used, and their addictive potential.