2014 Webinar Series

Free Online Training To Increase Screening for Risky Substance Use

January 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jessica Williams, Project Manager at the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)
E: jessica@ireta.org
P: 412-258-8561

Free Online Training To Increase Screening for Risky Substance Use

(Pittsburgh, PA) The National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) has launched its 2014 webinar series with information on substance use screening and its relationship to healthcare reform, school-based health services, the criminal justice system, tobacco use, and more. Webinars are aimed at health and human services professionals, as well as policymakers, advocates and researchers who want to know about substance use screening. Interested persons can register at no cost at http://ireta.org/webinars

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an integral part of a public health response to substance abuse and dependence, but is underutilized. According to a 2014 CDC report, only one in six adults, including binge drinkers, have ever spoken with their healthcare professionals bout alcohol use.

“We think this year’s webinar series has something in it for everyone,” said Holly Hagle, PhD, Director of the National SBIRT ATTC. “And we’re specifically focusing on implementation—what has worked and what hasn’t worked—so that an interdisciplinary audience from all over the country can learn from the experiences of existing SBIRT projects.”

SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic substance use. Over 40 years of research has shown that SBIRT can reduce risky substance use, that it is feasible to implement in a variety of settings, and that it reduces healthcare and other costs borne by society when substance abuse goes unrecognized.

Housed at the Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA), the National SBIRT ATTC has federal funding to move research findings about SBIRT into practice using training, technical assistance and other services that disseminate best practices to stakeholders interested in SBIRT.

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Located in Pittsburgh, PA, the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works toward the alignment of science, policy and practice in the area of substance abuse.

While there have been many scientific advances in the understanding of addiction and its treatment, this information does not sufficiently inform policy and practice. Although the divide between science and practice/policy is widely recognized, there are only a handful of organizations like IRETA in the country that specifically focus on bridging this gap.

For more information about SBIRT or upcoming webinars, contact Holly Hagle, PhD, Director of the National SBIRT ATTC at holly@ireta.org or (412) 258-8564. Learn more about SBIRT on our website: visit ireta.org/ebpsbirt