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WA State Association of Drug Court Professionals
21st Annual Conference

Date: October 26, 2018
Seattle, WA
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The ADAI Clearinghouse will have an exhibit of free resources at the upcoming Drug Court Professionals conference, the annual statewide conference for all therapeutic courts in Washington State. A 1-day WSAJCA Juvenile Drug Court Training will be held on Oct. 25, before the WSADCP conference. Registration for both of these events is now closed.

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NW HIDTA logoDrug courts are one of the topics on the M-Files website, which is supported by the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (NW-HIDTA). HIDTA provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies located in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the U.S. Its 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. NW-HIDTA's prevention efforts include support for the ADAI Clearinghouse. features short articles and links to resources on illegal drugs of abuse, criminal justice, prevention, and treatment. You can find recent national and statewide reports on drug trafficking and drug threats, such as:

2018 DEA Drug Threat Assessment2018 DEA National Drug Threat Assessment
Report from the national Drug Enforcement Administration provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs. Read the full 2018 report here and a summary of key findings here.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10 AM - 2 PM. 

Nationally, almost 80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin. Getting rid of unused medication in the home is one of the most powerful ways to prevent problems associated with inappropriate medicine access (misuse, accidental poisoning, overdose, even suicide).  In addition to disposal, locking medicines securely helps prevent children, teens, or adults from accessing medications that have not been prescribed to them.

Additional Take Back Day resources are located at

Lastly, Take Back Day is EVERYDAY in King County! Permanent, secure medicine return locations may be found by visiting

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NWATTC Opioid-Related Webinars 24, 2018, 12-1pm (Pacific)
Harm Reduction: An Organizing Framework to Address the Opioid Epidemic
Susan Collins, PhD

This webinar will define harm reduction as it is implemented on the policy, population, community and individual levels, discuss its historical roots, and provide a rationale for harm-reduction treatment as a policy and clinical practice to address the opioid epidemic. Susan Collins, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor, and co-director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at the University of Washington. 

This presentation will be archived for later viewing.

Download flyer | Register here 7, 2018, 10:00-11:30am (Pacific)
Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders: An Overview
P. Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH

Join the NWATTC and the Western States Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network for an informative webinar by Dr. Todd Korthuis of OHSU. Dr. Korthuis will review the biological basis of medications for OUD, present recent data on the effects of buprenorphine on patient outcomes, and introduce tools for integrating buprenorphine treatment into your current setting.

Download flyer | Register here

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Upcoming Trainings and Events:

Washington State Prevention Summit
Date: November 6-7, 2018
Yakima, WA
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2018 WA State Behavioral Health Employment Conference
Date: November 7 - 8, 2018 at 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tacoma, WA
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King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum
Date: November 8, 2018 6-8:30pm PT
Learn more and register online here

Kitsap Providers Conference
Date: November 16, 2018
Bremerton, WA
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Youth Mental Health First Aid monthly training series at Seattle Children's Click Here for more information.

Archive of previous NWATTC webinars
NWATTC Upcoming Trainings in Washington

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:

Tips From Teachers: How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping (Best Starts for Kids).

Mega-Millions Jackpot Media Frenzy Offers Opportunity for Responsible Gambling Messaging (National Council on Problem Gambling).

FDA Investigates Whether E-Cigarette Companies are Illegally Marketing Products (Partnership News Service).

Teens are smoking, vaping and eating cannabis (Reuters).

Don't Treat E-Cigarettes Like Cigarettes, Say Experts (Science Daily).




      October 24, 2018

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New Curriculum to Teach Opioid Risks to Middle School Students

New and free science-based curriculum designed to teach adolescents about the risks of opioids has been released by Project ALERT, a national evidence-based drug education program created and managed by the nonprofit RAND Corporation.

The curriculum is available for download from the Project ALERT website at The opioid risk curriculum is part of the 14 lesson plans offered as a part of Project ALERT, which is intended for middle school students.

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