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December 21, 2018

In 2017, among 70,237 drug overdose deaths, 47,600 (67.8%) involved opioids, with increases across age groups, racial/ethnic groups, county urbanization levels, and in multiple states. From 2013 to 2017, synthetic opioids contributed to increases in drug overdose death rates in several states. From 2016 to 2017, synthetic opioid-involved overdose death rates increased 45.2%. Read more here.

December 19, 2018

U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on December 18, 2018 stressing the importance of protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. Read more here.

For facts about the risk of e-cigarettes, and how to protect our youth, visit:

December 17, 2018

Each day in America, 29 people die in a crash involving drinking and driving. Although the causes of the problem are complex, these deaths are preventable. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a new digital resource, based on a recent report, highlights evidence-based and promising policies, programs, and systems changes to accelerate national progress in reducing deaths from drinking and driving. Check out the new resource, and download a free copy of the full report, at

December 17, 2018

E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by middle and high school students in 2017, followed by cigars and cigarettes. Use of tobacco products in any form by youth is unsafe, including infrequent use. During 2015–2017, the frequency of tobacco product use among current middle and high school users varied by product type and school level. However, for all assessed products, most current users reported using each product for 1–5 of the past 30 days. The products most commonly used ≥20 of the past 30 days by high school students were smokeless tobacco (38.7%) and cigarettes (28.4%) and by middle school students were hookahs (24.5%) and smokesless tobacco (21.5%).

Read the full report here.

December 4, 2018

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). 

The study, conducted by the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) in the Western Transportation Institute of Montana State University, found that among adults in Washington:

  • 81 percent are concerned about traffic safety
  • 78 percent do not drive within two hours of consuming alcohol
  • 85 percent do not drive within two hours of consuming cannabis
  • 91 percent do not drive within two hours of consuming both
  • 81 percent have a negative attitude about DUICA
  • 83 percent believe it is unacceptable to drive within two hours of consuming alcohol and cannabis
  • Most agree that impairment begins as soon as you start consuming alcohol or cannabis.
December 4, 2018

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has released a guide for parents to help them understand what vaping is, its appeal to youth and what research has to say about both the risks and unknowns. They identified signs to look for and what to do if a parent is concerned that their child may try or actually is vaping, and offer advice on what to say when answering some of tough questions about vaping.

December 4, 2018

Truth Initiative is looking for ten young adults who are passionate about tobacco control to be 2019 truth Ambassadors. truth Ambassadors will participate in a year-long program, where they will develop a sustainable project that helps eliminate tobacco in their community (local, state or national), and learn how to better engage and mobilize other youth and young adults around tobacco issues. Participants will receive a stipend and financial support for their project.

Candidates should have the following following qualifications –

  • Previous experience with tobacco control advocacy, and/or have been involved in at least one tobacco-related project that he/she would like to expand 
  • Ability to travel to Washington D.C. and other locations 4-5 times throughout 2019 (all expenses paid)

Applications due December 31st, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.

December 4, 2018

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process through which people build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions. SEL supports success in school and in life in a manner that respects culture and honors diversity.  SEL recognizes students are complex human beings whose learning and behavior are impacted by their emotions. 

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Statewide SEL Indicator Workgroup has been asked by the 2017 legislature to develop SEL resources for schools and communities across Washington State. Those resources will build on past recommendations contained in this 2016 report to the legislature:

Our goals are to:

  • Identify and articulate developmental indicators (observable behaviors) for the recommended benchmarks;
  • Solicit feedback from stakeholders;
  • Develop a best practices guide for schools on implementing SEL, and;
  • Submit recommendations to the education committees of the legislature, and the office of the governor by June 30, 2019

Please complete the survey here to inform this important work.

November 29, 2018


Submit your proposal today! Submissions are due December 4, 2018.

We invite you to join us in presenting innovative workshops at the 30th annual Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference! The conference brings together a diverse group of presenters to share information about therapeutic interventions, recovery supports, promising programs, and policies that advance best practices. Our goal is to provide a learning experience that expands professional knowledge, promotes community partnerships, and helps make recovery a reality. Last year over 650 people attended – this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience!

As a presenter at the 2019 WBHC, you’ll gain visibility and have the opportunity to interact with a broad audience. Conference attendees include clinical staff, program managers, consumers, family members, peers, non-profit staff, advocates, and staff of system partners and state agencies including the Health Care Authority, DSHS, and the Department of Corrections.

For more information and to see the variety of topics in which we’re interested, please see the attached Call for Presentations or click HERE to visit the website (where you’ll also find a completed sample application).

If you have any questions or need help with the application, please contact Alison Avery at (206) 628-4608 x12 or

November 19, 2018

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!

Register your event and receive support from NIDA staff to plan a successful event. NIDA staff can help you order free, science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations. Get your event nationally recognized by adding it to the official 2019 map of activities for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.

Plan Your Event—5 Steps to Hosting an Event

Ready to host an event?
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