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DEA releases 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment

Report from the national Drug Enforcement Administration provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs. Read the full 2018 report here and a summary of key findings here.

Study finds more than two million teens have used marijuana in an e-cigarette

One of every 11 U.S. high school students says they have used marijuana in an e-cigarette, according to a nationwide survey. That equals more than 2 million teens. Read full article here.

Daily use of marijuana among non-college young adults at all-time high

The National Institutes of Health report 2017 drug use data shows clear differences in substance use trends between college age adults and their non-college peers.

Study finds THC in breast milk up to six days after mother's use

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that low levels of chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, were measurable in several mothers' breast milk up to six days after they said they smoked pot or ate an edible, among other forms of use.

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Department of Health launches adult marijuana consumer education campaign

The Washington State Department of Health’s, Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is excited to announce the launch of the Know This About Cannabis campaign.

This is the first statewide campaign directed at legal, non-medical consumers in Washington. Know This About Cannabis aims to increase awareness about the risks, rules, and responsibilities around retail, non-medical, cannabis use. Ultimately, our goal is to reduce impaired driving, prevent use while pregnant or breastfeeding, and keep cannabis products out of the hands of youth.

RAND study asks what effects do medical marijuana ads have on adolescents?

Adolescents who view more advertising for medical marijuana are more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance, according to a new RAND Corporation study

Read more here

Department of Health Launches You Can Campaign

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched a statewide campaign, You Can, the next evolution of Listen2YourSelfie – DOH's first Marijuana Prevention and Education Program to educate youth about the health effects and consequences of using marijuana. The new campaign encourages young people to pursue their future dreams and immediate personal goals – and helps them to see that marijuana may distract from those dreams and goals.

Teleconference - Marijuana Packaging & Labeling Rules

Prevention WINS, Washington Poison Center, and WASAVP invite you to join a call on Wednesday, March 14th at 3:30pm to share your thoughts on proposed rules changes to marijuana packaging and labeling rules, warnings, and product requirements.

The goal of this call is to craft a list of talking points and a letter to be submitted in response to the proposed rulemaking.  These points and letter would be shared with others in the human services field.

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