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ANNOUNCING an UPDATED Training Curriculum

Will They Turn You Into a Zombie?
What Clinicians Need to Know about Synthetic Drugs (2nd Edition)

The purpose of this introdcutory educational training presentation is to provide clinicians from a variety of work and educational backgrounds (including, but not limited to physicians, dentists, nurses, other allied medical staff, therapists and social workers, counselors, specialists, and case managers working in substance use disorders, mental health, and other health-related settings) with a detailed overview of synthetic drugs, most notably synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones (known on the street as K2, Spice, and Bath Salts). The curriculum defines key terms, describes the effects and neurobioligy impact of the main classes of synthetic drugs commonly available, presents available data on the extent of use in the United States, provides information on identifying and assessing individuals who are using synthetic drugs, and concludes with some clinical implications of synthetic drug use. The duration of the presentation is approximately 3-3 ½ hours.

What Does the Training Package Contain?

·    Training Slides (PPT)

·    Trainer Guide (PDF)

·    Synthetic Drugs Reference List (PDF)

To view and download the full tracking package, please visit:


Offender Education Inservice: Newest Research and Drug Trends

Current Trends June 2013

Sipping on Syrup - "sizzurp"

With the increased recent interest in this form of substance abuse, here is a link to Leaning on Syrup,.one of the earliest publications that describes the phenomenon. The original purple color came from the color of promethazine cough syrup. Variations of "syrup" are avaialble at liquor stores and "relaxation" soft drinks (purple colored, without alcohol but containing ingredients such as melatonin, valerian root, rose hips) are available, without age restrictions, at some drug stores and convenience stores.

Border Studies

2013 Texas College Survey

Organizational Development and Consulting

The Addiction Research Institute (ARI) focuses on issues related to substance use disorder prevalence, treatment, and long-term healthy functioning free from addictions. The program is based on a social work perspective, emphasizing factors at individual, family, organizational, societal, and cultural levels that influence resilience and recovery.

The South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SSWATTC)

is one of the regional University Centers in the United States. The center works through multiple consortia of educational institutions and other agencies to promote incorporation of research into addictions curricula and provides technical assistance and consultation for state agencies and community organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,Oklahoma, and Texas to facilitate workforce development and implementation of evidence-based practices.


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Addiction Research Institute

Center for Social Work Research
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin
1717 West 6th Street, Suite 335
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 232-0616
FAX: (512) 232-0617

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