The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new steps to address epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, including a historic action against more than 1,300 retailers and five major manufacturers for their roles perpetuating youth access.
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The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has redesigned their website, WTSC.wa.gov, and refined other web-based resources to better serve the public, partners and the vision of Target Zero.
At the core is the newly redesigned Commission website, WTSC.wa.gov. Program-related information is all organized by topic, researchers can create custom reports, and grant information is easier to find and use.
WADrivetozero.com has also been refurbished. This site is to be a landing page used with PSAs – so the public has a place to view and find information after seeing one of our ads.
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.
The 29th annual National Leadership Forum will be held February 4 – 7, 2019 in National Harbor, MD.
Forum will be filled with new training, energizing speakers and a multitude of networking opportunities.
Interested in submitting a Call for Presentations application?
This year's theme is Transforming Communities: The Power of Prevention and as community change agents, we embrace the philosophy in our work to improve the quality of life in our nation's communities.The submission deadline is noon on Friday, September 21st.
Ready to register yourself and your coalition members? Be sure your member roster is updated, head to the Member Center and register online! Need help registering? Check out the new registration resources.
Congratulations to the four new Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantees in Washington state:
- Klickitat County (Our Klickitat)
- Sedro-Woolley (Skagit County Child and Family Consortium)
- Spokane (Spokane West Central Coalition) and
- Tacoma (The Prevent! Tacoma Coalition).
To receive funding through this highly competitive Federal program is a testament to the terrific work going on in those coalitions. As a DFC recipient, these grantees will receive up to $125,000 per year for five years with an opportunity to apply for an additional five years.
There were also three Washington coalitions that secured DFC funding for an additional five years:
- Sunnyside (Sunnyside United-Unidos)
- Issaquah (Influence the Choice – Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth)
- Raymond (Teen Advocacy Coalition)
Again, the continued coalition awards demonstrate the strength and effectiveness those coalitions have in their communities. These 7 coalitions join 18 other Washington coalitions with continuation grant awards, bringing the total of coalitions in the state funded through the Drug Free Communities grant to 25.
Our congratulations to all DFC grantees on your hard work, successful applications, and the increased opportunity to create positive community-wide change preventing substance abuse!
Information about the DFC program and Drug Free Communities grantees can be found here: www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/grants-programs/
A new report from CDC shows that suicide rates are rising across the US and issues a call to action to prevent suicide and help those at risk.
The Washington State Patrol has observed a spike in DUI stops — drunk drivers — with children in the car across the Olympic Peninsula. Read more on MYNorthwest.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the release of the Spanish translation of the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.
The Journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released a review of binge drinking research, including the following topics:
- Adolescent binge drinking
- The epidemiology of binge drinking among college-age individuals in the U.S.
- High-intensity drinking
- Gender differences in binge drinking
- Binge drinking's effects on the developing brain
- Binge drinking's effects on the body
August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, is an opportunity to remember those who have been affected by overdose, and to educate about how to prevent or reverse overdose. Stopoverdose.org has shareable resources that can be used for this day and for related events.
- Training video and brochure on how to recognize and respond to overdose
- Downloadable posters and wallet cards about Washington’s Good Samaritan Overdose Laws
- Naloxone locator map
- “So you’ve overdosed… Now what?” with information about what to do after an overdose.
- Promotional materials for social media to raise awareness about overdose and naloxone. (If you use these, please remember to hyperlink to stopoverdose.org).