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ADAI Clearinghouse Closed from April 30 - May 7th

The Clearinghouse and ADAI Library staff will be attending the Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists Conference in Berkeley, CA. SALIS is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information. For the 3rd year, SALIS is meeting jointly with the Association of Mental Health Librarians (AMHL). We annually attend and support this conference.

The library and Clearinghouse will be closed. Orders that are submitted online during this time will be shipped out starting May 9th.

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Secure Drug Take-Back Options are Expanding Under Local Ordinances and a New Washington State Law
by Margaret Shield, PhD, Community Environmental Health Strategies

Secure and safe disposal of leftover medicines is getting easier thanks to action by local Boards of Health in seven Western Washington counties. In King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, MED-Project drop boxes are provided by the pharmaceutical industry at participating pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, and police stations under local Board of Health ordinances. More than 170 drop box locations are available to residents free-of-charge for disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including controlled substances like prescription opioids. Residents with limited mobility can request a prepaid return mailer. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are responsible for program costs and logistics. MED-Project programs will be developed next in Clallam, Whatcom, and Skagit counties under similar local laws. A new state law requires the pharmaceutical industry to expand their drug take-back services statewide, building on the local policy model. The Secure Drug Take-Back Act of 2018, championed by Representative Strom Peterson, is expected to result in more convenient and consistent drug take-back services across Washington by late 2020.

Visit or call 1-844-633-7765 for drug take-back services in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Check for drug drop boxes in other counties. To learn more about these laws, see

National Take-Back Efforts:

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018 10 AM - 2 PM. King County residents can safely dispose of the medicines they no longer need by taking them to a drop-box location or by mail. Learn more.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Google and DEA Collaborate to Promote National Prescription Take Back Day, April 28th
Together with Google and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), we are encouraging families and individuals to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 28.

Google is making it easier for people to find nearby Take Back locations using Google Maps technology. Today, Wednesday, April 25, Google’s home page has a direct link to where individuals can find a Take Back location near them. They can also learn more about the Partnership’s science-based resources, including our Parent Helpline, where families can reach out and get help for their son or daughter struggling with substances. Read More

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Resource from Children's Safety Network on Dating Violence

It can be hard for pre-teens and teens to know when a dating relationship is unhealthy. How can someone know what is “normal” in a relationship if they haven’t been in one before? When does “teenage drama” turn into abuse?

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) has released a blog post and mini-infographic on the facts of teen dating abuse. The blog post covers the different forms of dating abuse and how common and damaging it is.

CSN has also released a new resource guide. This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on preventing teen dating abuse. It is divided into six sections: (1) national organizations; (2) prevention programs and interventions; (3) data, fact sheets, infographics, and toolkits; (4) policy and legislation; (5) special populations; and (6) research.

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The Northwest Regional Conference: Exploring Treatment Alternatives

NAADAC & Northwest ATTC announce the Northwest Regional Conference, a three-day training event from May 31-June 2, 2018 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland OR. Earn up to 21.25 CEs!

More Information - Prospectus - Register Now - View the full schedule.

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Upcoming Trainings and Events:

Focus On The Future
Date: April 30 - May 3, 2018
Vancouver, WA
More information

Children's Justice Conference
Date: May 7 - 8, 2018
Spokane, WA
More information

Opioid Addiction Community Information Event
Date: May 20, 2018 @ 3 pm to 5 pm
The Summit 420 E. Pike St.
More information

Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders
Date: May 30 - June 1, 2018
Bellevue, WA
More information

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

Jobs in Washington: See ADAI job page.

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Also of Interest:

Legal Marijuana Could Help Offset Opioid Epidemic (CNN).

NIMH to Host Twitter Chat on Teen Depression
NIMH experts will be available to answer questions live
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will host a Twitter chat to discuss teen depression on Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 3:00 - to 4:00 p.m. ET.
To ask questions, you must have a Twitter account and include the hashtag #NIMHchats in every tweet. Follow @NIMHgov for updates and to join in on the conversation.

National Prevention Week will be from May 13 to 19, 2018.

Many Teens, Young Adults Who Use Juul Devices Don’t Know They Contain Nicotine (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids).




      April 26, 2018

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Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin

This factsheet for teens provides facts about heroin. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of heroin use. The factsheet helps to dispel common myths about heroin. Access sources cited in this factsheet

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