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November 18, 2016   

Register Now for the Upcoming CTN Annual Scientific & Steering Committee Meeting, March 22-24, 2017!



CTN Meeting

This spring's meeting will provide a forum for knowledge exchange of current substance abuse treatment research findings and their policy implications. Topics will cover long-term opioid treatment, management of adolescent substance use disorders (SUDs), applications of mHealth to addiction treatment, Precision Medicine, treatment of HIV-infected patients with SUDs, and integrating substance use research with Practice-Based Research Networks.

Details and registration: http://apps.leedmci.com/nida/ctn/meetings/

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Naloxone for Opioid Safety: Webinar on December 7th

Western States NodeIn collaboration with the Central Rockies, Northwest, and Pacific Southwest ATTCs, the Western States Node will present the webinar Naloxone for Opioid Safety: Practical Considerations for Naloxone Provision in Clinical Settings on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 11 am - 12:30pm PST.

The presenter, Phillip P. Coffin, MD, MIA, is the Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and will review the rationale for and history of lay naloxone provision, evidence and research gaps, and potential logistic needs to provide naloxone in clinical settings, including in substance use disorder treatment. Read more and register here. . .


CTN Trial Progress

GraphStudy results for Open Studies as of the November 16 trial Progress Report.

CTN-0050 - Long Term Follow-up to CTN-0027: Enrolled 877 (original N=1,267 START Study participants)

CTN-0051 - X-BOT (Extended Release Naltrexone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Treatment). Enrolled 570

CTN-0051-A2 - Detoxification TAU. Enrolled 180

CTN-0056-Ot - Testing and Linkage to HIV Care in China. Enrolled 478

CTN-0057-Ot - SBIRT-PC (SBIRT in Primary Care). Enrolled 108 (N=120)

CTN-0064 - Linkage to HCV Care. Enrolled 98

Total Enrolled in all Studies: 24,173


This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, but the information on this site has not been reviewed by NIDA and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute.

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Training Opportunity for Underrepresented Early-Career Addictions Researchers!

UCSFWe are happy to announce that the Learning for Early Careers in Addiction and Diversity (LEAD) Program is recruiting its new cohort! We seek the help of the CTN community to identify individuals who would be a good fit and could benefit from this program.

The LEAD Program is an NIH-sponsored R25 training program that uses the NIDA CTN as a platform for providing research training to early-career investigators from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups in the drug abuse research field. This 2-year training program is based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), home of the Western States Node. Program scholars will spend 4 weeks at UCSF each summer and will develop and execute a pilot study at their home institution throughout the academic year.

The program provides travel and housing funds as well as up to $25,000 to conduct the pilot study, which will serve as foundational data to support the submission of an R or K application. The program is directed by Carmen Masson, PhD and James Sorensen, PhD, at UCSF.

To learn more about the LEAD Program, please contact Rebecca Cook at rebecca.cook@ucsf.edu or visit http://psych.ucsf.edu/lead/summerprogram.

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News from the Nodes

Florida Node Alliance

CTN Florida Node AllianceThis opinion piece in The Lund Report, co-authored by José Szapocznik of the Florida Node Alliance, addresses the question, "If social risk is an important determinant of health outcomes, how do health systems increase value for populations at high social risk?"

The article describes social services that can have particularly powerful impacts on outcomes for the health of patients in poor neighborhoods, and calls on our new president to redesign our current health care system policies in ways that will work for all.

If we merely reconfigure the value-based purchasing initiatives and don't tackle the underlying social determinants of health that exist in many zip codes, argues the authors, we will never achieve a quality and cost-effective healthcare system for all. Read more and find the piece here. . .

CTN Western NodeNortheast Node

The Northeast Node's Science Series presentation on November 10, 2016, highlighted an innovative approach for targeting the opioid crisis. Christopher Hickey, EMS Officer for the Manchester, NH Fire Department, presented on the Safe Station program, which provides designated safe environments at all 10 Manchester fire stations for people who want help on the path to recovery. Anyone who wants help related to opioids can walk in and receive an immediate medical screening and referrals for services.

Since launching in May 2016, 705 people have been helped by the Safe Station program. To view the webinar and learn more about this amazing program, click here.

Western States

CTN Western Node The National Quality Forum has invited Dennis McCarty, co-PI of the Western States Node, to serve as a member of the Reducing Substance Use Disorders Technical Expert Panel reporting to the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Committee for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Project. The technical expert panel will recommend performance measures important to Medicaid delivery system reforms.

For more information, visit the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Project website.

Ohio Valley

Ohio Valley Cultural Adaptation of Safer Sex Skills Presented
Kathy Burlew, PhD of the Ohio Valley Node, along with her doctoral students and a colleague, recently presented at the Caribbean Regional Conference for Psychology (CRCP) in Haiti. The team received local funding to culturally adapt the Safer Sex Skills Building intervention evaluated by CTN-0019 to reduce sexual risk behaviors among low income Black teen girls. Using a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach, community stakeholders and residents were active members of the research team.

Prestera CenterPrestera Center Celebrates Milestones
Prestera Center, a Community Treatment Program in the Node, celebrates 50 years of high quality comprehensive behavioral health services in 2017. The Center started after President John F. Kennedy signed the Mental Health Act giving access to community based mental health care to all US residents. In 1967, the organization began as the "Comprehensive Mental Health Center, Region 2."

It was renamed Prestera Center by the Board of Directors after the Marshall University plane crash in 1970 when the entire football team, coaches and boosters like Mike Prestera, unfortunately perished. In appreciation for Mr. Prestera’s work at the State Capitol in Charleston West Virginia to get the first comprehensive behavioral health center built in Huntington, the center was named in his honor. Today, his adult children continue to support the organization and serve on the Prestera Foundation Board.

Prestera Center just completed the third and final round of the residential treatment program tobacco survey with the University of California at San Francisco. It was absolutely an honor to be selected to participate in this study. We believe that the information collected will inform the field and eventually lead to fewer clients in addictions recovery services using tobacco, tobacco products and e-cigs and realizing health improvements.

Prestera Center also just completed its sixth consecutive CARF accreditation survey and for the sixth time in a row has been awarded a three-year accreditation, the highest level of accreditation available. Read more about Prestera Center here . . .

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In Case You Missed It -- Meeting/Webinar Materials Now Online

Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, 2016

AHSRThis year's AHSR conference, held in Seattle from October 13-15, 2016, was co-hosted by the University of Washington's Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (RRTC for the Pacific Northwest Node) and the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

With the theme "New Frontiers in Addiction Health Services: Science, Practice, & Policy," the conference presented a range of plenaries by nationally-recognized experts in health services research, more than 30 break-out sessions for symposia and individual oral presentations, a gigantic poster session, and 3 pre-conference workshops.

Slides from many of the meeting's oral presentations and posters are now available on the conference website: http://ahsr.org.

CTN-0062-Ot Webinar: Common Data Elements, Electronic Records, and Primary Care

WebinarThis webinar from the CTN Health Care Data Workgroup provided an update on CTN-0062-Ot, a phased feasibility and proof-of-concept study seeking to incorporate addiction-specific screening and assessment of common data elements (CDEs) into a widely used electronic health record (EHR), explore the logistics and time required, and assess impacts.

Find a recording of the webinar and PDFs for each individual presentation here: http://ctndisseminationlibrary.org/display/1234.htm

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New from the CTN Dissemination Library

journal coversCoping Strategies as a Mediator of Internet-Delivered Psychosocial Treatment: Secondary Analysis from a NIDA CTN Multisite Effectiveness Trial. Levesque A, et al. Addictive Behaviors 2017 (in press). Read more. . .

Recent Internet Use and Associations with Clinical Outcomes Among Patients Entering Addiction Treatment Involved in a Web-Delivered Psychosocial Intervention Study. Tofighi B, et al. Journal of Urban Health 2016;93(5):871-883. Read more. . .

"Restricted Community Members": Research Protections and Opportunities for Individuals Committed to Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Segal AG, Sisti DA. Psychiatric Services in Advance 2016 (in press). Read more. . .

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Also of Interest

What is the Providers' Clinical Support System for MAT (PCSS-MAT) and how is it working to increase educational outreach to providers working with patients with opioid use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric and mental disorders? Read more. . .

Findings give insight into designing safe and effective cannabinoid medications. New research from NIDA. Read more. . .

DEA temporarily bans synthetic opioid U-47700 ("Pink"), linked to nearly 50 deaths (November 15). The DEA has temporarily classified the substance as Schedule I. The drug is often found in tablets or powders that mimic the appearance of prescription pain medications, and is often taken by itself or in combination with heroin or fentanyl. Read more. . .

Upcoming Meetings & Trainings

Perceptions of Harm and Addiction of Snus. CCC Webinar, November 30, 2016, 1pm ET. Read more. . .

9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. December 14-15, 2016. Read more. . .

UCLA's Summer Institute on Longitudinal Research and the 2017 International Conference on Global Health, Universal City, California, August 15-17, 2017. Download the flyer here.

For more upcoming meetings, trainings, and conferences, visit the CTN Dissemination Library's AOD Conferences calendar!