substance abuse

The past decade has been a tumultuous story for Eric Seitz. Homeless and addicted to heroin, he found himself at Harborview Medical Center with a disease that nearly killed him. The experience also inspired him to study nursing.

Programs seeking to address alcohol- and substance-abuse in American Indian communities should harness the strengths of local tribal culture, traditions and values, members of four Washington state tribal communities told University of Washingto

An often-effective treatment exists for people who want to stop abusing prescription opioid painkillers or escape heroin addiction, but that treatment is unavailable in U.S. counties where more than 30 million people live. 

Roger Roffman, a UW professor emeritus of social work and former pot smoker, was a sponsor of Washington state's 2012 marijuana-legalization initiaitive.

Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist and mayor of Cali, Colombia, is the first winner of the Roux Prize, a new US$100,000 award for using rigorous statistical evidence in designing public health programs.

In collaboration with three Native communities in the western United States, University of Washington researchers are embarking on one of the largest alcohol addiction-treatment trials ever conducted among American Indian and Alaska Native adult

Now that smoking pot is legal in Washington, will more people take part? It's a question Seattle researchers are already planning to answer with studies of sewage and other public information. 

Drug-caused deaths and heroin use among young adults increased in 2013, according to the annual King County Drug Trends report


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