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June 7, 2017    

Healing of the Canoe Curriculum for Suicide & Substance Use Prevention in Native Youth

The Healing of the Canoe curriculum template, trainer’s manual, and supporting materials are now available free online from the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Healthy Native Youth website

Healing of the Canoe is a flexible curriculum for Native youth focused on suicide and substance abuse prevention. It was designed to be adapted by Native communities using community-specific traditions and beliefs to strengthen youths' connection to their communities and cultures, and strengthen their hope and optimism.

The curriculum uses the Pacific NW Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing skills needed to navigate life’s journey without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs – with Native culture as compass and anchor. The generic curriculum template allows each community to use their own metaphors for a successful life journey. The curriculum and accompanying training manual were developed as part of the Healing of the Canoe Project, a collaboration between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. The development, evaluation, and dissemination of the curriculum has been supported by a series of grants from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Read: Drug Use Down, Hope Up: A Canoe Journey Inspires Native Youth, by Yessenia Funes in YES! Magazine

WATCH short videos about Healing of the Canoe.

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"All Scientific Hands on Deck" to End the Opioid Crisis

By Nora Volkow (Director, NIDA) and Francis Collins (Director, NIH) - May 31, 2017.

In 2015, two million people had a prescription opioid use disorder and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; prescription drug misuse alone cost the nation $78.5 billion in healthcare, law enforcement, and lost productivity. But while the scope of the crisis is staggering, it is not hopeless. We understand opioid addiction better than many other drug use disorders; there are effective strategies that can be implemented right now to save lives and to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

In the New England Journal of Medicine, NIH laid out a plan to accelerate research in three crucial areas: overdose reversal, addiction treatment, and pain management.

Read the full blog on NIH website.
See also - NIDA's page on the Opioid Crisis.

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New From ADAI

Resources and reports from the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, funded by WA State DSHS Dept. of Behavioral Health & Recovery

Also of Interest

Fatal Injury Data by Urbanization Level Now Available (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Can Online Treatment Replace Your Therapist? For People with Mild or Moderate Depression, Web-based Versions Might Help, Study Finds (Medline Plus).

Why Pot-Smoking Declines — But Doesn’t End — With Parenthood (UW Today).


Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain Science-Based Education in Times of Legalization

Legalization has brought increased public attention to cannabis and its medicinal properties. Developed for health professionals, this web-based training presents current information and clinical practice guidelines on the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain. CME/CPE are available for physicians, nurses, osteopaths, pharmacists, and physician assistants.

Updated in 2017 to incorporate the newest developments in research and Washington State law in this evolving field, the training provides you with up-to-date information on the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain in two online modules. The first is a basic primer on the mechanism of action of medicinal cannabis, its medical uses, and Washington State law. The second focuses on the best clinical practices associated with the recommendation of medicinal cannabis. This training provides useful tools for healthcare providers in their discussion with patients about the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain.

Up to 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are available upon completion of the training.

For more information and to begin the training:

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Facebook LIVE: Q&A on Supervised Injection Sites (CHELs)

Hosted by Public Health – Seattle & King County
Friday, June 9, 10-10:30AM

Join Public Health – Seattle & King County this Friday on Facebook for a LIVE session featuring Dr. Jeff Duchin and Brad Finegood, co-chairs of the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force. The conversation will be about Community Health Engagement Locations (CHELS), or supervised consumption sites.  They’ll answer these questions and then take more from the public:

How do CHELS work?
What evidence do we have for this approach?
How does treatment fit into this model?
Do CHELS encourage drug use?

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

Webinar - Self-Care for Addiction Professionals: Why It Counts and How to Do It
Date: June 14, 2017 @ 3:00- 4:30pm
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Behavioral Health Conference
Date: June 14-16, 2017
Vancouver, WA
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Summit on Reducing the Supply of Illegal Opioids in Washington
Date: June 15 - 16, 2017
Seattle, WA
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cultural Considerations  for AI/AN Behavioral Health
Date: June 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Auburn, WA
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Webinar - The Dynamics of Motivation - There Is No Place Like Home
Date: June 28, 2017 12 to 1 pm
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Suicide Assessment, Intervention & Treatment
Multiple dates available
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More Trainings and Events:
ADAI Calendar of training events in Seattle and Washington.

Missed a previous newsletter? Treatment Update Archive.

Job Opportunities: See ADAI Employment.



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