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The M-Files Website Updated and Expanded

The M-Files website is a public information resource by the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA), sponsored by the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy. HIDTA's mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs by promoting education, treatment, and prevention programs, and to improve collaboration with law enforcement and the justice system to end drug trafficking and drug-related violent crime.

Because the scope of HIDTA's work includes drug trafficking and other criminal justice aspects of illicit drug use, M-Files includes information not often found on many other sites, such as national and regional Threat Assessment reports, and sections describing the collaborative work of law enforcement agencies and the role of drug courts in getting people into treatment instead of prison.

The website is maintained by the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) under a contract from NW HIDTA.

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NWATTC Webinar Series Launches with Intro to New Center

The Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center is a new SAMHSA-funded center at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, serving the addiction workforce in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. In January 2018, NWATTC launched a monthly webinar series with "Introducing the New Northwest NWATTC," presenting information about the center's staff, mission and strategic vision for the coming years. Future webinars will be on the last Wednesday each month, presenting a variety of topics and speakers from the region.

WATCH the webinar and sign up for the NWATTC mailing list to get alerts about upcoming webinars and other training opportunities.

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Evaluation of Mental Health Services for U.S. Veterans

Of the approximately 4 million U.S. service members who took part in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many began experiencing mental health problems upon their return from deployment. They developed conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use disorder, and in particular, suicide - at higher rates than the general population.

ADAI Director Dr. Dennis Donovan participated in a national committee to review and evaluate mental health services available to U.S. veterans, resulting in a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee conducted site visits and sought input on the use of VA mental health services directly from veterans of these wars, their families and caregivers, health care providers, and others at each of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks across the U.S.

The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality, capacity, and access to mental health care services for veterans who served in the Armed Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn.

The survey found a lack of awareness about how to connect with the VA for mental health care; not knowing how to apply for VA mental health care benefits; being unsure if they are eligible; and lack of awareness that the VA offers these benefits.

Other barriers to seeking VA mental health care services include lack of transportation options to and convenience of medical facility locations; concerns about taking time off work and potentially harming their careers; and fears that discrimination could lead to a loss of contact with or custody of their children, or lead to a loss of medical or disability benefits.

After reviewing the relevant published literature, conducting site visits, and surveying veterans, the report makes recommendations for examining best practices for VA facilities to forge community partnerships, addressing workforce shortages, and developing and implementing standardized performance measures to assess and improve care for veterans with mental health conditions.

Read the full report online:

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Call for Applications: Apply for 2018 NIDA Advisory Groups

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is forming teacher, teen, and parent advisory groups to obtain real-time feedback on our NIDA for Teens resources and initiatives. We are looking for these three advisory groups to provide their insights on existing and new materials and share ideas about how NIDA can expand its reach to people who would benefit most from the information and resources that the Institute provides.

Who Can Apply?

  • Students currently enrolled in grades 6 to 10 from anywhere in the United States.
  • Teachers, educators, and school counselors who currently teach or provide direct counsel in the United States to students in grades 6 to 11.
  • Parents and guardians of at least one student who is enrolled in grades 6 to 11 in the United States.
Email to request an application; please specify which group you are interested in applying to.

Applications are due: February 23, 2018.

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Upcoming Trainings and Events:

Webinar: The Role of Collegiate Recovery Programs and the Continuum of Care
Date: February 14th, 2018 @ 12 to 1 p.m. 
More information

Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine
Date:  March 1 - 2, 2018  
Tulalip, Washington
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Drug Education Workshop
Date: March 9, 2018
Seattle, WA
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Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training WA-SAPST
Date: March 27-30, 2018
Pasco, WA
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Native American Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training
Date: April 3-6, 2018
Airway Heights, WA
More information

Healthy Futures: Redefining Prevention
Date: April 18-19, 2018
Grand Mound, WA
More information

More Trainings and Events:
ADAI Calendar of training events in Seattle and NW Region

Jobs in Washington: See ADAI job page.

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) is searching for a part-time Training Coordinator. This position is managed through an MOA and involves coordinating 1-day and 4-day training events in Washington State approximately six times per year. Tasks include site coordination, targeted marketing, handling participant registration, managing training materials, ongoing communication, and support. Interested persons should contact Gunthild Sondhi at or Pam Tindall at

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Also of Interest:

UW, Seattle & King County Join Forces for New Academic Health Department (UW - School of Public Health).

Posttraumatic Stress, Risky Drinking, and Prescription Drug Misuse in Trauma-Exposed College Students (Journal of Loss and Trauma).




      February 13, 2018

ADAI Clearinghouse
Free prevention and treatment materials for WA state.

Video Lending Library
Over 300 titles for lending or streaming to WA residents.

ADAI Library
Research and scientific literature.

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For FREE printable posters and resources visit:

For statistics, studies, and answers to questions frequently asked by youth about Marijuana visit:

Limited availability through the ADAI online catalog.

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