A wealth of knowledge exists about substance use and new research continues to be published regularly that explores the biological and behavioral reasons for at-risk substance use and how to effectively treat substance use disorders.
For a busy professional, reading lengthy primary sources on a regular basis is not typically a priority over other job duties.
NIDA Notes is a digital publication that makes science more accessible, taking academic papers and turning them into articles, audio pieces, and videos that offer in-depth coverage of research findings on drug use and addiction.
IRETA developed and created two online courses, free to complete and suitable for addictions professionals, social workers, physicians, and the general public. These online learning modules used a multimedia approach to digesting and disseminating information about research and best practices to health care providers.
As of October 2016, the two courses have been completed by 700 people across a wide range of professions; a significant proportion are social workers, addiction counselors, and mental health counselors.
81% of the people who took the course and completed a brief survey rated its overall value as good or excellent and 86% found the course content useful at either a good or excellent level. Finally, 82% said they would probably or definitely recommend it to other people.