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May 11, 2017    
   

Opioid Trends in Washington State: New Interactive Data Resource

New on the ADAI website are a set of interactive charts tracking data on:

  • the number and rate of overdose deaths,
  • treatment admissions,
  • statewide opioid sales, and
  • police evidence testing data for opioids and other drugs.

Use the light blue toolbar across the top of each page to view data by geography, by drug, or by source.  

Click on variables to enable/disable them in the charts (for example, you can hide substances you aren't interested in seeing the data for), and hover your mouse over lines or data points to learn more about them.

Charts can be downloaded to use in handouts or presentations, or present the interactive data right from the website.  

Mobile-friendly and loaded with great information -- this new resource will be regularly updated with current data.  For help using this new resource, contact Jason Williams, anjrw@uw.edu

Additional new resources on the ADAI website related to opioids include: 

Fentanyl Death Investigation in Four Washington State Counties

Guide to Fentanyl Surveillance for WA State Syringe Service Programs 

See also: Dr. Caleb Banta-Green discusses the rise in fentanyl-related deaths in Washington in today's Seattle Times

For more information about opioid overdose, visit http://StopOverdose.org.

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Factsheets Available from National Institute on Drug Abuse

Improving Opioid Prescribing
This brief fact sheet provides information about the risks of prescription opioid pain relievers and a summary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guideline for Opioid Prescribing for Pain.

Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science
This brief fact sheet provides information about the life-saving drug naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, including how it works and where to get it.

Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction
This brief fact sheet provides information about the effectiveness of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders and recent scientific advances in this area.

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Also of Interest

Walking a Tightrope (State Legislatures Magazine, May 2017).

Leaked E-mail Indicates White House Proposes Slashing Drug Policy Office Budget (Partnership News Service).

I Worked With the Drug Policy Office Trump Wants to Gut. Here’s Why It Matters for the Opioid Epidemic (Washington Post, By Keith Humphreys).

 

May is Mental Health Month

Each year millions face the reality of living with a mental health condition. People with mental health disorders often experience stigma when someone views them in a negative way because of their condition. In honor of Mental Health Month, you can take action to help others as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

WA State Employee Assistance Program — Tip Sheet May 2017.

National Alliance on Mental Health

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The National Institutes of Health Get a $2 Billion Funding Boost

The boost will come over the remaining five months in federal FY 2017, under a bipartisan spending deal reached in Congress. The agreement marks a sharp rejection of President Trump’s proposal to cut $1.2 billion from the medical research agency in the current fiscal year.

The deal does not address funding for 2018, when the Trump Administration has called for reducing the NIH budget by about one fifth, or $5.8 billion.

The temporary measure sends a clear signal that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle prioritize funding for medical research and intend to honor the agreements laid out in the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that called for raising NIH funding and speeding approvals of new drugs and medical devices. This will be the second year running that Congress gives a $2 billion funding bump to the agency, which funds medical research across the country.

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

CDPWS Region 5 Meeting
From DSM 5 to ASAM Placement to an Individual Service Plan: A Practical Discussion
Date: May 12, 2017 @ 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Location: Healthy Whole Solutions
1014 Bay Street, Suite 24
Port Orchard, WA
360.602.0022
2 CEUs awarded and an opportunity to win a NAADAC membership!

Webinar: Personal and Professional Boundaries
Date: May 24, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PDT
More information

30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders
Date: May 31 - June 2, 2017
Bellevue, WA
More information

Behavioral Health Conference
Date: June 14-16, 2017
Vancouver, WA
More information

More Trainings and Events:
ADAI Calendar of training events in Seattle and Washingto
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Missed a previous newsletter? Treatment Update Archive.

Job Opportunities: See ADAI Employment.

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