Professor of Psychology G. Alan Marlatt recently received the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award for Outstanding Community Activism and Lifetime Achievement to Improve Health at the second annual Health Disparities Conference at Columbia University in New York. He was also a keynote speaker at the conference. Dr. Marlatt is known internationally for his research in addictive behaviors; he is the director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center in the University of Washington Department of Psychology.
Did you know that 8,000 babies are born each year to women who smoked during pregnancy in Washington state? And that more than 40 percent of women who quit smoking while pregnant begin again after giving birth? Smoking while pregnant and after the baby is born is harmful to the health of both mother and baby, increasing the chances of asthma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
To help, the state launched the "Quit for You, Quit for Two" campaign, that targets pregnant and postpartum women who smoke and encourages them to call the Washington Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for help.
The campaign, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will focus on outreach to three groups: health care providers, pregnant and postpartum women, and friends and family. http://www.quitline.com/reasons/qyq2/
The University of Washington again has been ranked in the top 10 among U.S. medical schools for the academic specialty of drug & alcohol abuse, according to the 2007 annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided by U.S. News & World Report.
The top 10 in the academic specialty of drug/alcohol abuse are:
1. Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons (NY) 2. Yale University (CT) 3. Harvard University (MA) Johns Hopkins University (MD) University of California-San Francisco 6. University of Pennsylvania 7. University of California-Los Angeles (Geffen) 8. Medical University of South Carolina New York University 10. University of California-San Diego University of Washington Washington University in St. Louis
In other categories, the UW ranked first among primary care medical and masters' level nursing schools; it was ranked as the 6th top research school, and was ranked first among public medical schools and second among all medical schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2006. Other academic specialities in which the UW was highly ranked include: family medicine (first for 16th year in a row), rural medicine (first for 16th year in a row), AIDS (4), women's health (8), internal medicine (6), geriatrics (7), and pediatrics (8). The UW is the only medical school in the nation ranked in the top 10 for all eight specialties included in the rankings.
Washington State is grappling with policy issues aimed at limiting the negative impacts associated with prescription opiate use. Local officials and agencies are responding to national reports of increased deaths involving prescrescription opiates, as well as to increased use of two medications, methadone and buprenorphine, which are used both for treating pain and in treatment of heroin addiction. Newly available data provide some insights:
Three recent surveys indicate prescription-type opiate use appears to be a particular problem among young adults in Washington State.
Prescribing, drug treatment, mortality and youth survey data suggest that prescription-type opiate use and abuse are relatively common compared to other substances across Washington State’s 39 counties.
Emergency department and mortality data indicate both a range of motivations for using and sources of prescription-type opiates.