Bringing research to the teen world: National Drug Facts Week

The latest Monitoring the Future study released in December 2014 reported that both teen alcohol and cigarette use are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975. Use of a number of other illicit drugs has also declined.

University of Michigan researchers who led the study, Drs. Lloyd Johnson and Richard Miech, comment on the results in this two-minute You Tube video:  E-cigarettes Surpass Regular Cigarettes Among Teens

Tales of Bath Salts and Zombie Cannibalism

The ATTC Network’s November iTraining, “Will they Turn You into a Zombie? An Overview of Synthetic Drugs” was packed with information on synthetics, including the major classes of synthetic drugs, the acute and chronic effects of using them, and the extent of use in the United States.

Beth Rutkowski, Associate Director of Training for the Pacific Southwest ATTC  and UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs presented the webinar, which is based on the Synthetic Drug Training Package-2nd Edition that the PSATTC developed in partnership with the South Southwest ATTC.

You can watch “Will they Turn You into a Zombie?” on the ATTC Network’s Vimeo site. The presentation included time for audience questions, but we ran out of time to answer them all.

Here, we provide Beth’s in-depth replies to the remaining questions. 

Three wishes for 2015

Kim Johnson, PhD
Co-director, ATTC Network Coordinating Office
Deputy Director, NIATx

Instead of giving you my resolutions, I am going to tell you what I hope for and what in my own way I intend to work for in 2015. It’s a mishmash of things that I  wish I could wave my magic wand and make happen right now—instead of waiting for the evolution that will someday lead us to fixing these problems. 

Just the Facts: Marijuana Lit

With marijuana legalization so much in the news these days, SUD treatment professionals face a big task in separating fact from marijuana fiction. What's more, what we currently know about marijuana may no longer be true, since existing studies were conducted years ago  on much less powerful pot.

The value of integrating SUD services

Maureen Fitzgerald

Communications Coordinator, ATTC Network Coordinating Office

Editor, NIATx


Some might not expect to find one of the country’s most advanced examples of integrated care in a small Midwestern town. But in Salina, Kansas (population 47,846) the Central Kansas Foundation has been integrating its services with other health care providers in the area since 2009. Today, CKF has integrated recovery services into acute and primary care settings at two local hospitals and collaborates with a health network of 15 critical access hospitals. Les Sperling, CEO of CKF, shared some insights on what he’s learned about integrating SUD services in a panel presentation and in one of the Ignite Talks at the recent ATTC Forum on Advancing the Integration of SUD Services and Health Care.

A Seminal Study Asks: Should our paradigm for treatment be expanded? Are we doing enough?

Michael T. Flaherty, Ph.D.

Ernest Kurtz, Ph.D.

William L. White, M.A.

Ariel Larson, M. A.

The addiction treatment field and the larger alcohol and drug problems arena have historically drawn their knowledge from two sources: 1) the study of drugs and their personal, biological, and social precursors and consequences, and 2) the study of the clinical and social interventions designed to  prevent, intervene in, or treat those consequences. These pathology and intervention paradigms are the foundation for policy, funding, research, and treatment in most of the world today. But is this enough? Are these paradigms offering the best opportunity to attain wellness? Is there a better paradigm?

ATTC Network Forum 2014: What Participants are Saying

At The ATTC Network Forum 2014: Advancing the Integration of Substance Use Disorder Services and Health Care (November 4-5)  participants spent two days thinking in new ways about the Network. Presentations from plenary speakers and other presenters are now available for viewing on the Advancing Integration page of the ATTC website: