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Help the Department of Health feature inspiring teens!

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is excited to announce it’s launching a statewide search for “Inspiring Teens” to feature in an upcoming video—and they’re hoping you can recommend teens in your community!

Drug-Free Communities grant application released, DBHR to provide support to applicants

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants for

National Prevention Week May 12-18, 2019

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Study confirms link between daily, high potency marijuana use and psychosis

A new study published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal is the first to show the impact of marijuana use on population rates of psychosis. Daily marijuana users are three times more likely to have a diagnosis of first episode psychosis; rises to five times more likely with high potency marijuana. Read more here.

Marijuana prevention capacity-building survey for Washington Poison Control

The Washington Poison Control (WAPC) is developing a Training of Trainers curriculum related to cannabis/marijuana. 

To help inform the curriculum content, WAPC would like to know what you would like to see in a cannabis Training of Trainers. The survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

The survey closes January 25th.

For more information, contact Alex Sirotzki at sirota@uw.edu.

2018 Monitoring the Future Survey findings released

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan issued a press release on results from the 2018 Monitoring the Future study.  Increases in adolescent vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest

Washington Traffic Safety Commission releases new study

When it comes to driving under the influence of both cannabis and alcohol, most Washingtonians do not believe it is safe and do not engage in this behavior.  That’s according to a new study of Washington’s traffic safety culture, commissioned by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC).  The study explores the values, beliefs and behaviors regarding driving under the influence of alcohol and cannabis (DUICA). 

Join NIDA's National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

You're invited to participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction from scientists and other experts.

Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22–27, 2019, and help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. It's easy to get involved!

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.

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