A collection of recent webinars and training videos on harm reduction, overdose prevention, and response, and related topics.
In this webinar, experts from People’s Harm Reduction Alliance and Tacoma Needle Exchange will share their strategies and answer your questions on how to effectively distribute safer smoking supplies and maximize engagement opportunities.
Hear from these programs about:
• Why hand out safer smoking supplies?
• Distribution 101: How to do it
• Response from participants
• Lessons learned
• Challenges and positive impacts
About the Speakers
Lisa Al-Hakim from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance
Paul LaKosky and Jacob Ball from the Dave Purchase Project
In Spring 2021 Alison Newman, ADAI and Sierra Teadt, UW MPH student, conducted qualitative interviews with 27 WA State syringe services participants who use methamphetamine.
This webinar covers findings and key themes of the interviews, including:
-Interest in reducing or stopping methamphetamine use
-What would help people change their use
-What barriers prevent people from changing their use
-What services would help improve health and quality of life
-Recommendations for how to support people who use methamphetamine
The criminal legal system has an outsized impact on people with opioid use disorder. Even after incarceration, criminal legal fees and fines can pose barriers to financial stability, employment, and housing.
In this webinar Dr. Alexes Harris will speak about her research on the ways that sentenced fines and fees often burden disadvantaged populations and place them under greater supervision of the criminal legal system. Alexes Harris, Ph.D., is the Presidential Term Professor and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Her research fundamentally centers on issues of inequality, poverty and race in United States’ criminal legal systems.
To provide personal context, Bill Schrader, UW Law School student, will speak about his own experience as someone who had opioid use disorder and related criminal legal involvement, including substantial criminal fees and fines after release.
Hepatitis C Treatment in WA: Lummi Tribal Health Center & Statewide HCV Elimination Plan, March 2021
Washington State has committed to eliminate HCV by 2030. In this webinar you will learn about:
- The Lummi Tribal Health Center’s approach to integrating HCV testing and treatment into their harm reduction program.
Data from the Department of Health on hepatitis C in WA State.
- Statewide plan for hepatitis C elimination, including efforts to improve access to testing, linkage to care, and treatment medications for priority populations.
- Stephanie Rey, BS, MAMS & Michaela Hooper, BA, Lummi Tribal Health Center
- Emalie Huriaux, MPH & Jon Stockton, MHA, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Infectious Disease
Methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-involved deaths are increasing in Washington State. This webinar, held on January 19, 2021, reviewed current WA State data on methamphetamine use and offered practical strategies to work more effectively with individuals who use methamphetamine, including how to:
- Understand motivations and patterns of use and how methamphetamine affects behavior
- Have stigma-free conversations that build trust
- Work with challenging behaviors like paranoia, self-harm, and, risk-taking
- Promote harm reduction approaches to improve health and reduce deaths
- Peter Cleary, Project NEON (Needle and Sex Education Outreach Network)
- Susan Kingston, Former Methamphetamine Specialist at Public Health – Seattle & King County, now at University of Washington, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI)
- Alison Newman, University of Washington, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI)
Illicit fentanyl in Washington State: Trends in law enforcement, treatment, and overdose, December 2020
Presenter: Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW
This presentation covers many aspects of illicit fentanyl products, including the different forms they can appear in. The rise in use and overdoses are described, as well as reasons for these changes. Implications for overdose prevention and initiating treatment with medications for opioid use disorder are described.
This webinar was the result of partnership between ADAI and the King County Recovery Coalition. Experts from Washington State syringe exchange programs discuss how the pandemic has affected the people they work with, and how their programs have adapted.
Webinar topics include:
- Why overdose risk may be higher during the pandemic,
- statewide data on overdose deaths and trends,
- recovery and relapse prevention, and overdose response and naloxone distribution.
-Alison Newman, University of Washington, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI)
-Everett Maroon, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart in Walla Walla
-Beau Antonelis, Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project (EGYHOP) in Olympia
-Chelsea Amato and Sarah Deutsch from the Hepatitis Education Project in Seattle
-Rick Mogel, Oxford House, Seattle
-Lauren Funk, Shantel Davis, and Jill Westermark from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, Seattle, Kitsap County
To find training videos for State Opioid Response Training and Technical Assistance visit, learnabouttreatment.org.