ADAI eNews
October 5, 2017    

October is
National Medicine Awareness Month

Amplify your medicine abuse prevention messages using CADCA’s Grassroots Media Kit. This Kit provides several tools to help you plan and promote your National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month activities.

Fact Sheet About Medicine Abuse
Provides an overview about prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse.

NMAAM Social Media Share Tools
Graphics you can use to promote National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month on your website and/or blog, in your e-mail signature or on your organization’s Facebook page.

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Good Samaritan Law Posters Available

The Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE) at the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute educates Washington residents about overdose prevention and response through training, technical assistance, and the website

COSE produced 3 posters to help youth learn about Washington’s Good Samaritan Overdose laws, which provide protection for the victim and bystander if 911 is called for an overdose or alcohol poisoning, and a brochure about opioid overdose with youth-friendly images.



Posters and brochures are available in print from the ADAI Clearinghouse.

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Naloxone Campaign Posters

"Do You Know Someone At Risk for a Drug Overdose?"

Every day in Washington, someone dies from an opioid overdose. This can happen to anyone using prescription painkillers or heroin. Washington's Dept. of Social & Health Services produced a video and posters with 6 diverse images to promote use of Naloxone to reverse an overdose and save a life.

Watch the Naloxone Campaign video on YouTube.

Find out where to get Naloxone kits:

The posters are available at the ADAI Clearinghouse.

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Fentanyl Found Locally in Fake Opioid Pills

[Source: KOMO News] King County health officials are concerned that a bag of pills, found on a person believed to have died of an overdose, could result in a string of overdose deaths in Seattle.

Public Health-Seattle and King County issued a statement about Fentanyl found in fake pills. The bag of pills looked like Oxycodone but were actually Fentanyl, the powerful drug blamed for hundreds of overdoses across the U.S.

“These pills look like Oxycodone 30 milligram pills; they look exactly like them,” said Caleb Banta-Green, with the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

“What we don’t know is what they’re being sold as, and what people think they’re buying."  Banta-Green said Fentanyl is hundreds of times more powerful than heroin. The drug can be found in a number of forms, including pills and powder.

Read and watch the full story on the KOMO News website.

Please share this Fentanyl Warning flyer.

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Also of Interest

New Online Resource from NIH Helps Locate High-Quality Care for Alcohol Use Disorder (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids).

CDC Rx Awareness Campaign Helps States Fight Prescription Opioid Epidemic (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Medical Students Not Trained to Prescribe Medical Marijuana (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis).

Recovery Rising is the professional memoir of William White, who, over the span of five decades, evolved through diverse roles (e.g., streetworker, addiction counselor, clinical supervisor, treatment administrator, educator, clinical and organizational consultant, and research scientist) to emerge as the addiction field's preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains the stories, reflections, and lessons learned within one man's personal and professional journey.


Federalicon_smMarijuana Law & Policy: Updated Resources

Marijuana legalization policies are evolving rapidly in Washington State, in the U.S., and internationally. On ADAI's website, the section on Marijuana Law and Policy has been updated with current information about:

They discuss topics such as commonalities in legalization policies adopted by states, conflicts between state and federal laws, workplace policies about marijuana use and employee testing, "middle ground" approaches to legalization, and much more.

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Elevate Recovery Advocacy Training

Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:30am - 3:30pm

Engineering 117 (Rotunda)
Olympic College

This training will prepare individuals who are passionate about addiction and mental health recovery to be effective advocates for change in public policy and public understanding by engaging with lawmakers and traditional media (TV, radio, etc.). The training is designed for people in recovery from addiction and/or mental health conditions, family/friends impacted by behavioral health disorders, and behavioral health professionals.  

Skills will include: 
- How to tell your (or a loved one or client's) story in a way that is succinct and compelling
- Understanding the legislative process at different levels of government
- How to persuade a policymaker 
- How to work with the media 
- How to get involved in the recovery movement 

Food: Lunch, snacks, and coffee/tea will be provided.  

Cost: This training is FREE, thanks to generous support from the Office of Consumer Partnerships, within the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery of DSHS.


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2017 King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum

When: Wednesday, November 8, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall – 301 Mercer St, Seattle

This forum will feature:

* Opportunity to connect with legislators & county councilmembers
* King County’s proposed behavioral health priorities for 2018
* Stories from individuals in behavioral health recovery
* Perspectives & priorities of legislators & county councilmembers

ADAI is proud to be one of dozens of organizations helping to co-sponsor this interesting and important event! 

To add the forum to your calendar, click "Add to Calendar" on the forum’s Eventbrite page. Registration is open.

More information

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

Webinar: Influences on Addiction and Mental Health in the LGBT Population
Date: October 11, 2017 @ 12 pm - 2 pm
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Co-Occurring Disorders Conference
Date: October 16-17, 2017
Yakima, WA
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Webinar: Applying Emotional Intelligence to Recovery
Date: October 25, 2017 @ 12 - 1 pm
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Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals
Date: October 27, 2017
Seattle, WA
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Four Directions Conference
Date: October 29 - November 1, 2017
Olympia, WA
More information

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Registration is now open for the 2018 observance. NDAFW will be held January 22-28 2018.

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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