ADAI eNews
June 12, 2018    

UW & WSU Symposium on Marijuana Research in Washington

On May 18, 2018, the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute hosted its 3rd Symposium on Marijuana Research in Washington, this year in collaboration with colleagues from Washington State University.

Keynote speaker Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, spoke about issues of federal vs. state marijuana laws, and about Washington’s law protecting local jurisdictions’ right to exclude marijuana retail stores even if the product is legal in the state.

Scientists from the UW and WSU presented in three areas:

  • Marijuana and Vulnerable Populations
  • Cannabinoids: Therapeutic Potential
  • Marijuana Use & Other Substances: Substitution, Combination, or Both?

The event drew approximately 200 researchers, state and local officials, and community partners.

Video, slides, and speaker information are available at:

ADAI received funds from Washington’s Marijuana Dedicated Fund to support marijuana research and information dissemination, described in a report covering activities from July 2015-June 2017.

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Resource Available

The ADAI Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE) has a new guide, Using Pharmacies to Access Naloxone: a guide for community-based agencies. The guide gives an overview of how agencies can work with pharmacies to provide naloxone directly to specific clients at risk of overdose.

Also from COSE:

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

SAMHSA releases updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention. The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers information and facts from literature and links to resources to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, SAMHSA offers the Toolkit as an educational resource for community members, first responders, prescribers, patients, and families.

The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit is divided into four sections—one for each target audience:

Facts for Community Members, Five Essential Steps for First Responders, Information for Prescribers, and Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members

Download the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Also of Interest

SAMHSA Offering Up To $47.4 Million for Mental Health Awareness Training (SAMHSA).

Dealing With Trauma: Recovering From Frightening Events (NIH News in Health).

Sobering Report Teases Out Factors Leading to Suicides (New York Times).

One-Fifth of Deaths Among Young American Adults Are Related to Opioids (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids).

What Are The Most Dangerous Addictive Drugs? (Facing Addiction - NCADD).

Traumatic Stress: Recovery and Treatment (NIH Medline Plus).








Launch Of Youth Opioid Prevention Ad Campaign

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Ad Council and the Truth Initiative, unveiled The Truth About Opioids Campaign, a media campaign aimed at preventing young adults from misusing and abusing opioids focused on closing the knowledge gap on opioids.  The first series of ads depict true stories of how quickly opioid addiction takes place and the extremes individuals go to in order to obtain more drugs.

The audience: The target audience is young adults 18 to 24 years old, with a halo audience of 15 to 30 years old.

The website: The campaign's website,, will include information about opioids, the epidemic, and a link to the SAMHSA Treatment Locator.

The Ads: The first set of four ads brings to life four different, hyper-relatable addiction stories of young Americans who, in pursuit of more pain pills, go to extreme measures to feed their addiction -- including a purposeful car crash and a self-inflicted broken arm.

  • This multi-channel campaign will reach youth and young adults through donated media on digital platforms and social media, influencers and television.
  • Every aspect of the campaign is grounded in research, evaluation and expert input. The final product reflects the most engaging of approximately 150 tested messages.
  • This is the first of multiple advertising and awareness campaigns targeted to young Americans and the opioid crisis.

Read the full statement - White House Drug Policy Office Deputy Director Jim Carroll Statement On Launch Of Youth Opioid Prevention Ad Campaign.

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Trainings, Events & Webinars

Webinar: Therapeutic Considerations of Psychopharmacology for Opiate Use Disorder
Date: June 13, 2018 @ 12 - 1:30 pm
More Information

Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference
Date: June 20 - 22, 2018
Kennewick, WA
More information

Webinar: The Current Status of Federal Funding Supporting Substance Use Disorder Services
Date: June 20, 2018 @ 12 pm to 1 pm
More information

Webinar: The Surgeon General Report: A Public Health Approach
Date: June 25, 2018 @ 10am to 11:30am
More information

NWATTC Webinar: The Healing of the Canoe
Dennis Donovan, PhD, Director, UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
June 27, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm Pacific
Register here 

Archive of previous NWATTC webinars
NWATTC Upcoming Trainings in Washington

Origins of Addiction: Adverse Childhood Experience, Trauma, and Substance Abuse
Date: June 29, 2018
Vancouver, WA
More information

Webinar: The Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorders Initiative: a Health Systems Approach to Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease
Date: July 23, 2018 @ 11am to 12pm
More information

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

Jobs in Washington: See ADAI job page.

Missed a previous newsletter? Treatment Update Archive.





ADAIlogoADAI Clearinghouse logoCDPWS logoWA Recovery Helpline