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Bringing DC healthcare providers the latest news, events, and resources to improve care for patients with substance use disorders and chronic pain management.

April 2024

Dear DACS Provider,

Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month is an annual observance that takes place in April. It is a time to raise awareness and understanding of alcohol misuse, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and alcohol-related problems. Alcohol misuse can lead to serious social and health issues such as unemployment, depression, and premature death; in fact, excessive alcohol use is the fifth-leading cause of preventable death in the United States with more than 178,000 deaths annually. Health professionals can play a pivotal role in helping people with AUD through screening, identifying treatment options, and providing personalized care that meets individual needs. The DACS team of addiction medicine specialists can offer support and guidance to providers caring for individuals who have AUD. 


This month is also National Minority Health Month, an opportunity to increase public knowledge about the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority and diverse populations. It is also a time to reflect on the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic groups and reducing disparities in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Racial and ethnic minority individuals have more unmet needs for SUD treatment services and experience worse treatment outcomes compared to non-Hispanic White Americans. Research suggests that cultural humility and community engagement approaches to health services can expand access to health care and health information and eventually improve the health of racial and ethnic minority individuals. Explore the tools available on the DACS website for additional resources on health disparities, racial and ethnic minority groups, and trainings on health equity. 


The DACS Team

Education Opportunities

Grayken Center for Addiction Training & TA

Long-Acting Injectable Buprenorphine Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder

Thursday, April 18  | 12:00 - 1:00 PM


NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

The Role of Emotional Intelligence Skills in Addressing Trauma and Reducing the Risk of SUD

Wednesday, April 24 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM


On Demand Webinars

DACS Webinar

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Integrated with Primary Care Webinar 


DACS on Demand Webinar

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Carceral Settings: Background, Implementation, Risk Mitigation, Acceptance

Latest News & Research

Nativity and the Risk of Opioid Use Disorder Among Hispanic/Latinx Women in Primary Care in Los Angeles, CA

A cross-sectional study investigated the association between nativity and risk for opioid use disorder (OUD) among low-income Hispanic/Latinx women in primary care in Los Angeles, California. The risk of OUD was higher among US-born Hispanic/Latinx women compared to foreign-born women, and higher among those with chronic medical conditions and those at risk for other substance use disorders.


A Nationwide Survey Study of Recovery Community Centers Supporting People in Recovery From Substance Use Disorder 

Recovery community centers (RCCs) are successful in reaching people who take medications for opioid use disorder and populations historically underserved by medical settings. Learn more about the resources RCCs offer and their potential role in improving reach of efforts to end the opioid epidemic.



The Prevalence of Cannabis Use Disorders in People Who Use Medicinal Cannabis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 

A recent study aimed to systematically review the evidence on the prevalence of cannabis use disorders (CUDs) in people who use cannabis for medicinal reasons. The authors found that the prevalence of CUDs in people who use medicinal cannabis was estimated at 25% and comparable to those who use cannabis for recreational reasons


The DACS phone line will be closed on the following holidays:

May 27, 2024 - Memorial Day

Relevant Resources to Support You

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Drug Take Back Day 2024

Black Maternal Health Week 2024

National Public Health Week April 1-7

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