ADAI eNews
February 14, 2019    

2019 National Drug Control Strategy

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released the 2019 National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes the White House’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use.

This strategy provides the strategic direction necessary for the Federal government to build a stronger, healthier, drug-free society. The overarching goal of the strategy is to save lives by engaging in a comprehensive approach that includes preventing initiates to drug use, promoting treatment services leading to long-term recovery, and aggressively reducing the availability of illicit drugs in America’s communities. 

Read the full report

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TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

TIP 61 provides behavioral health professionals with practical guidance about Native American history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives in their work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients. The TIP discusses the demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health concerns of Native Americans. It highlights the importance of providers’ cultural awareness, cultural competence, and culture-specific knowledge. The TIP also helps administrators, program managers, and clinical supervisors foster a culturally responsive environment for American Indian and Alaska Native clients. Specific topic areas include workforce development strategies, program and professional development considerations, and culturally responsive policies and procedures.

More information and to order from SAMHSA.

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Also of Interest:

Safe Consumption Sites: Study Identifies Policy Change Strategies and Challenges Understanding

A new qualitative study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies several key lessons from early efforts to establish sanctioned safe consumption sites in five U.S. communities. The results offer insights on one approach some localities are exploring to address the escalating drug overdose crisis in the U.S.

Parenting In The Age of Legal Pot: Household Rules, Conversations Help Guide Teen Use (UW News).

Crisis Bed Registries to Assist People with Urgent Mental Health Needs (SAMHSA).

Reformulation of OxyContin to Discourage Abuse Linked to Higher Rates of Hepatitis C Infections (Rand Corporation).

More overdose deaths are likely coming nationwide. What about in Washington State?  (KUOW).

13th Annual Provider Conference

Registration is open for the 13th Annual Provider Conference, being held April 11-12, 2019 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. This conference is sponsored by the Association of Alcoholism and Addictions Programs (AAP).

Featured speakers include Dr. David Mee-Lee, addiction psychiatrist; Dr. Darryl Inaba, pharmacologist and licensed chemical dependency counselor; Lorie Dwinell, MSW, LCSW, providing clinical workshops on trauma and techniques to assist persons with substance use disorders who also have histories of abuse and neglect; and an update from Steve Freng, PsyD, MSW, of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area project. CE available.

Register online and check for updates in the program at

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Nursing Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care

The UW and WSU with the Department of Health will jointly offer a 15 week online course in addictions nursing. The goal is to provide updated information that nurses and their care teams can use to reduce harmful use of substances including opioids, tobacco, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other substances. The course will meet Wednesdays March 13-June 19 from 5:30-7:30 PM, and can be attended from a computer. All course materials will be made available to participants at no cost so future faculty can use and modify the materials to continue training the Washington State workforce.

More information and registration.

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

NWATTC Webinar: Treating Co-Occurring Trauma and Addiction: Intervening on Opioid, Alcohol, and Other Public Health Challenges
Presenter: John Fitzgerald, PhD, LPC, CAS and Mark Girard, MSW, LCSW
Date: February 27, 12:00 - 1pm
NWATTC webinars

CDPWS Meeting: Seattle Region
Presenter: Michael Webster, BA, CDP
Topic: Ethics and Supervision
Date: March 1, 2019 @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Hotel California By the Sea
1601 114th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
More information

21st Annual Addiction Medicine Conference
Date: March 7-9, 2019
Everett, WA
More information

NAADAC Northwest Regional Conference: Embracing the Future
June 13-15, 2019, Portland, OR
Registration is now open for the 2019 NAADAC Northwest Regional Conference! Featured speakers include Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW on clinical supervision with telehealth, and Carlo DiClemente, PhD on counseling theories and methods for co-occurring disorders. Details and register.

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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