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2019 Monitoring the Future data shows increase in youth marijuana vaping

The 2019 Monitoring the Future (MTF) data, released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), shows that youth marijuana vaping is becoming more prevalent. In particular, "After remaining mostly stable for many years, daily use of marijuana went up significantly since 2018 among eighth and 10th graders–now at 1.3% and 4.8% respectively." 

Annual Synar Report Available For Review

Each year the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery compiles and submits an Annual Synar Report (ASR) to the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Annual Synar Rate for Washington was 12.2%.

The public comment period for the draft of the report has ended.
NOTE:  For the version made available for public review, certain in-text notations were made for the benefit of the reader.  Those are highlighted yellow.

Physical Activity’s Role in Youth Substance Use and Mental Health


The US Department of Health and Human Services has recommended youth ages 6-17 years old get 60 minutes or more of combined moderate and vigorous physical activity each day.

CDC releases Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on risk factors for vaping-associated lung injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report November 8, 2019 on vaping-associated lung injury. Most U.S. patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) report using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Product use behaviors that increase risk for EVALI are unknown.

What is added by this report?

Flavored vapor product ban in effect

At the October 9, 2019 Washington State Board of Health [SBOH] meeting, an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products in the state was adopted.  It is anticipated to take effect October 10, 2019.

The emergency rule:

1) Imposes a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, including flavored THC vapor products, in Washington.

Public comment on recommendations for primary care–based interventions to prevent illicit drug use in youth

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care–based interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults. The Task Force found that more research is needed on how clinicians can help keep young people from starting to use drugs.

CDC warns against using e-cigarettes after vaping-related deaths reported

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products.

2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report released

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the latest data findings from the

FDA issues proposed rule to require new cigarette health warnings - now open for public comment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule to require new cigarette health warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements to promote greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking.