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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.

Youth challenge - online contest to increase awareness of opioid epidemic

The OpiEnd Youth Challenge invites students 9–14 years old to learn about opioids and the dangers they can cause and then enter the online contest with a poster to bring awareness to other students about this epidemic.

In addition to national winners, select states will be hosting additional statewide contests. Students with entries in these states will be eligible for additional prizing.

How to localize the Starts with One campaign

How to Localize Your Campaign:

The Starts with One campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal.

As part of this statewide effort, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) provides campaign resources to coalitions and partners across the state. The hard work done at the community level by partners like you is a vital part of making a difference in our state.

Starts with One take back campaign webinar

HCA's fantsatic media vendor, DH, recorded a webinar to let you know how to use the Take Back Campaign Partner Toolkit. 

This webinar will help you learn how to localize the campaign for your communities, to help increase awareness about:

  • How and where to dispose of opioid medications;
  • The importance of removing medications from your home; and to
  • Normalize safe medication reutrn programs. 

Hope this is helpful! 

Opioid use disorder Facebook live Q&A April 18

Do you have questions about opioid use disorder? Join HCA for a live Facebook Q&A event on April 18th from 3:00-3:30 pm with our Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charissa Fontinos. We'll be talking about effects opioid have on the brain, why people become addicted, and effective treatment options. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day toolkit now available

The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The toolbox of promotional materials to help publicize this event and encourage people to dispose of unwanted or expired medications is now live.  Each year we have more and more Americans disposing of more and more prescription drugs. This is an easy and concrete step that all of us can take to help end the opioid crisis in America and save lives by reducing the amount of prescription drugs that are available for misuse and diversion.