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January 2019    

New Reports from ADAI Review Treatment & Policy Issues in Washington State

Three recent reports by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington address current issues of interest to treatment providers and policy makers in Washington State.  The reports were developed for the WA State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Research (DBHR).

EBPreport_coverEvidence-based Practices in Washington State. Susan Stoner, UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, September 2018, 63p.  

In law and practice, Washington State has long promoted the use of evidence-based practices in the treatment of substance use disorders and mental health; Washington is recognized as a national leader in evidence-based policy-making.

This report reviews Washington's experience advancing evidence-based practices in mental health and substance use treatment. It presents a brief history of the evidence-based practices movement; touches on how the movement has affected policy-making; describes how policies have been translated into procedures in treatment for children and youth; contextualizes and characterizes where things stand with policies and procedures in the treatment of adults and substance use disorders; identifies key partners in the efforts to advance evidence-based practices in Washington; presents findings from a statewide survey about evidence-based practices; and offers some basic recommendations for the future of EBP.

The Role of Medications in the Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults with OUD. Caleb Banta-Green and Laura Cooley.  UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, November 2018, 28p.

Diagnoses of opioid use disorder (OUD) among adolescents and young adults have increased substantially in the U.S. over the past 15 years. The use of treatment medications for opioid use disorder has also increased, though recent estimates show that only one in four young adults diagnosed with OUD have received any treatment medications.

The medications buprenorphine and methadone have strong evidence demonstrating their effectiveness; they are considered front-line treatment for opioid use disorder and are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This report details the current evidence base for OUD treatment medications, along with expert guidance for prescribers and treatment providers on the use of these medications and supportive services.

MethinWA_coverMethamphetamine in Washington. Susan Stoner, Jason Williams, Alison Newman, Nancy Sutherland, and Caleb Banta-Green. UW Alcohol & Drug June 2018, 35p. Appendices A-E

Methamphetamine use is a significant and increasing problem in Washington State. This report presents the scope of methamphetamine use; reviews harms associated with use; describes characteristics of users, their treatment utilization and needs; and reviews current approaches for treating methamphetamine use disorder. Finally, it notes key issues to consider when developing strategies aimed at reducing the use of and harms associated with methamphetamine use in Washington.  The report is informed by participants of a March 2018 meeting of the DBHR/ADAI Treatment Research Subcommittee, which focused on issues around methamphetamine use.

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ADAI in the News

Is More Potent Marijuana Driving a Surge in Cannabis Use Disorder?” quoting ADAI Senior Scientist Bia Carlini. (

Most syringe exchange clients in Washington say they want help, says Caleb Banta-Green and other researchers in Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Dennis Donovan, former director of ADAI, will give the Keynote Address at the Annual Meeting of the Washington Society of Addiction Medicine, on March 7, 2019.

Smartphone App Can Detect an Opioid Overdose and Save your Life“ was developed with a Small Grant from ADAI. (CNBC)

Five staff from ADAI will present at the 2019 North American Cannabis Summit in Los Angeles later this month.  Bia Carlini, Susan Stoner, Jason Williams, Sharon Garrett, and Meg Brunner will deliver oral presentations or posters about their work on a variety of topics about marijuana at the summit.


Addiction Medicine Conference21st Annual Addiction Medicine Conference

March 7-9, 2019
Delta Marriott - Downtown Everett

The largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, this course provides the latest innovations and scientific developments in Addiction Medicine. Nationally and locally recognized experts will deliver the evidence- and case-based information that is necessary for providers to enhance their proficiency in diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with substance use disorders, even when complicated by overlapping or co-occurring disorders

This conference is designed for physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, medical directors, nursing, nursing leadership, administrators, counselors, social workers and those engaged with patients that have substance abuse disorders. CME available for multiple professions.

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Registration is open!

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Announcing NAADAC's On-Demand Ethics Webinar Series

Ethically, addiction counselors and allied service providers have an obligation to protect their clients, their communities, and their career through the provision of ethical services. This section of the three-part webinar series will define key terms used when discussing ethics, define guiding values that are foundational to ethical practice, and discuss informed consent, confidentiality, and privileged communication.

View a three part on-demand webinar series on Ethics. presented by Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LPC, LMFT, LAC, MAC, SAP.

Earn up to 6 CEs on your schedule, at home or in the office, wherever you have a computer, tablet, or phone!

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

Humor Matters: Clinical Applications of Humor in Treatment
Date: January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
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NWATTC Webinar: Brief Interventions for Cannabis Use Disorders: The Check-Up Model
Presenter: Denise Walker, PhD
Date: January 23, 2019 @ 12:00 - 1:00 pm
NWATTC webinars

Webinar: Living in a Cloud: Adolescent Nicotine Use
Date: January 23, 2019 @ 12:00 - 1:30 pm
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CDPWS Meeting: Seattle Region
Presenter: Jill Stenerson, LMHC, CSAT, WSCGC
Grace Jones, MA, CDP, Doctoral Student
Topic: Providing Trauma Informed Co-occurring

Date: February 1, 2019 @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Hotel California By the Sea
1601 114th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
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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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