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February 18, 2020

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is pleased to announce the release of an Overview of and Recommendations Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

The overview:

  • Offers background on e-cigarettes and reviews the scope of the problem, especially among youth;
  • Outlines federal actions over the past several years, including recent steps to raise the minimum age of legal tobacco product access to 21;
  • Describes the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) role in regulating the sale of tobacco products;
  • Describes the State alcohol & drug agencies’ role in tobacco control, with a particular focus on Synar; and
  • Offers NASADAD’s position and recommendations related to ENDS.                                          

The Association’s position and recommendations, as outlined in the document, are:

  • NASADAD appreciates HHS’s actions to reduce youth use of e-cigarettes, including the Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth.
  • NASADAD is supportive of recent federal efforts to raise the minimum age of legal tobacco product purchase to 21 across the United States.
  • With 20% of youth using e-cigarettes, there should be further efforts to bolster enforcement of age limits. The federal government should provide funds to States to help with these enforcement efforts.
  • NASADAD recognizes that while there are many FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) for those 18 and older, none—aside from varenicline (Chantix)—are approved for sale to youth.
  • Although NRT products are being used off-label by some clinicians in order to help youth clients with tobacco cessation, more resources must be invested to hasten research on the appropriate treatment protocol for cessation in individuals under the age of 18.
  • We recognize that there are counterfeit flavored nicotine products on the market that may have inaccurate label information, new products such as “heat-not-burn” tobacco devices that are popular in other countries, and a variety of devices that are utilized to ingest substances such as marijuana. These and other issues deserve thorough examination as Congress and the Administration consider further action.
February 14, 2020

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) is pleased to announce a collaborative technical assistance project focused on helping communities create their own health promotion interventions for their communities. Three pilot sites will be chosen from the applicants to participate in the project.

Learning collaborative opportunities focusing on the following topics:

  • Assistance in identifying key stakeholders
  • Identifying barriers to health promotion
  • Engaging local programs and agencies
  • Cultural considerations
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • Utilization of media
  • Face-to-face trainings

How to apply: Email application to Cindy Sagoe at Application due February 28th, 2020.

February 13, 2020

HCA/DBHR is hosting in-person Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainings (SAPST) based upon a national curriculum developed by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP):

Please note: once the training has been filled, the surveys will close.

Learning objectives: 

  • Define behavioral health and its relationship to substance misuse
  • Describe the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step planning model
  • Identify the needs of vulnerable populations in order to improve cultural competency and more effectively address behavioral health disparities
  • Discuss effective approaches to collaborating across sectors to sustain prevention outcomes

Training content:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics
    • Basic terminology and facts
    • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S.
    • Addiction and the brain
    • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice
    • Behavioral health
    • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
    • Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Cultural competence, sustainability
February 12, 2020

Access the course here:

About This Program:

Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

  • In Course 1, An introduction to cultural and linguistic competency, you'll learn what culture has to do with behavioral health care.
  • In Course 2, Know thyself – Increasing self-awareness, you'll learn how to get to know your cultural identity and how it affects your work with clients.
  • In Course 3, Knowing others – Increasing awareness of your client's cultural identity, you'll learn how to get to know your client’s cultural identity.
  • In Course 4, Culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions and services, you'll learn how to build stronger therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds.

The estimated time to complete all 4 Courses is 5 hours. Courses 1 and 2 take approximately 1 hour each. Courses 3 and 4 take approximately 1.5 hours each.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this continuing education activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how culture, cultural identity, and intersectionality are related to behavioral health and behavioral health care.
  • Describe the principles of cultural competency and cultural humility.
  • Discuss how our bias, power, and privilege can affect the therapeutic relationship.
  • Discuss ways to learn more about a client's cultural identity.
  • Describe how stereotypes and microaggressions can affect the therapeutic relationship.
  • Explain how culture and stigma can influence help-seeking behaviors.
  • Describe how communication styles can differ across cultures.
  • Identify strategies to reduce bias during assessment and diagnosis.
  • Explain how to elicit a client's explanatory model.
February 11, 2020

The 33rd National Prevention Network Conference takes place August 25 - 27, 2020! Birmingham, AL

The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

Registration will be open in early May 2020. Early Bird Attendee Registration Fee (on or before June 19, 2020): $750. Regular Attendee Registration Fee (after June 19, 2020): $775.

The conference theme for 2020 is Advancing Prevention Science through the Lens of Change: How Sweet It Is!

Be sure to go to our website for additional information.


Sheraton Birmingham
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Local: 205-324-5000

February 7, 2020

The Region 10 Opioid Summit is a 2-day summit where professionals from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Indian Nations, Urban Indian Health programs and recognized American Indian orgranizations can meet and explore ways to address the opioid summit.

This summit that is comprised of four tracks focusing on Prevention, Special Interventions, Treatment, and Recovery; where each track is made of multiple breakout sessions as well as, plenary sessions through the summit.

Summit Dates:

August 10: Pre-summit meetings

August 11-12: Region 10 Opioid Summit

Summit Location:

Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach

909 N. Hayden Island Drive

Portland, OR 97217

More information to come! To stay up-to-date, visit and subscribe to their listserv.

February 4, 2020

The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network is holding an enhanced prevention learning series: Getting ready for sustainability planning. This 7-week distance learning series offers participants a unique, interactive experience to explore how to develop a sustainability plan.

Session dates and times:

​1:00 pm –2:30 pm Pacific
Session 1 - April 7
Session 2 - April 14
Session 3 - April 21
Session 4 - April 28
Session 5 - May 12
Session 6 - May 19
Session 7- May 26

This training is free. Only 15 spots available. See training flier for more information. Register online.


February 3, 2020

Positive Community Norms Institute

March 3-5, 2020

Hotel RL, Olympia, WA

Register at


Part I – March 3, 2020

  • One-day overview of how the Science of the Positive Framework and the Positive Community Norms approach to prevention promote cultural change and transformation.
  • This session is open to prevention professionals from across the state.


Part II – March 4-5, 2020

(Part II participants must attend all three days)

  • Deep dive into application of Positive Community Norms to traffic safety issues.
  • Presentation of newest norms research relating to young adults and DUI and driving after substance use.
  • Discussion of generalizing training instruction to other community issues.
  • These sessions are open to traffic safety practitioners, WTSC Target Zero Managers, and their community partners.



Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D., The Montana Institute

Jason Kilmer, Ph.D., University of Washington


No charge for the training. Participants responsible for their own travel expenses.


Contact Scott Waller, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, for more information: (360) 725-9885,

January 31, 2020

The Washington State Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program, Gay City Health Project and the Rede Group have been working with stakeholders over the past several months to identify strategic priorities for Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention & Control in Washington State. Click here to view the draft priorities that were developed based on the input of stakeholders across the state through a series of interviews, small group discussions and a prioritization session. The next step is to collect comments and feedback on these priorities.

Comments will be accepted through Wednesday, February 12, 2020
There are multiple ways you can provide your feedback on these proposed strategies:

Email or call Becky Wright at the Rede Group at or 503-764-9696

Attend one of the following two webinars (they have the same content):

1. Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 10-11: 
Register in advance for this meeting:


2. Thursday, February 6, 2020, 2-3:
Register in advance for this meeting:

Again, click here to view the draft priorities that were developed.

Three important items for all reviewers

  1. Items in this draft of strategies and tactics must be prioritized and some may be removed in the final plan if they are not deemed (by the larger group) essential and timely. In reviewing this plan, consider which items are most important to you and your community. Ask yourself, if we could only accomplish three things as a commercial tobacco and vapor product prevention and control community, what would those three things be?
  2. This set of strategies and tactics is meant to provide the strategic direction for the entire tobacco and vapor product prevention and control movement­ in Washington; it is not a workplan for the state tobacco and vapor product prevention and control program. If there are critical items that fall outside the purview or capacity of government, they will need to be led by another agency.
  3. Once the strategic direction is finalized, groups will need to work together to delineate work plans, including identifying lead agencies for each strategy and tactic. The state tobacco and vapor product prevention and control program will act as a convener for discussions to assist in developing workplans. 


January 23, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Identify approaches & benefits of involving youth in providing substance use (SU) prevention to peers
  2.  List the advantages of using Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs in youth leadership training (YLT)
  3. Describe evidence-based & evidence-informed PPW programs ideal for YLT
  4. Explain settings, populations, roles & objectives of YLT in PPW
  5. Explore training options & program materials available for YLT in PPW


Length: Approximately 30 minutes 

Date: Thursday January 30th        

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: .5-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate