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May 22, 2018

Adolescents who view more advertising for medical marijuana are more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance, according to a new RAND Corporation study

Read more here

May 11, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tips for Teens fact sheets provide information about the effects of short- and long-term use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants. These brochures provide facts and answer frequently asked questions about each of the substances covered. Fact sheets include:

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Cocaine

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Methamphetamine

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Inhalants

 

May 4, 2018

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released a survey on May 1, 2018 that asks Washingtonians to determine the importance they place on specific public K-12 education priorities. What they prioritize will help OSPI build their 2019-21 budget requests for the Legislature and Governor this summer.

The Pick Your Priorities in Public K-12 Education page contains information about the survey, a one-minute long video, sample tweets in English and Spanish, a graphic to share in emails and social media, and links to the survey in 10 languages.

The education priorities included in the survey are randomized as each person opens the survey. Results will be analyzed with and without duplicate responses from the same computer IP address. For questions about the survey, please contact Katy Payne at katy.payne@k12.wa.us or at 360-725-6012.

 

May 1, 2018

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced several enforcement actions as part of a new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of – and access to – JUUL and other e-cigarettes.

FDA understands that many kids are using e-cigarettes with a particular set of characteristics: an appearance that closely resembles a USB flash drive, high levels of nicotine, and emissions that are hard to see. These characteristics may facilitate youth use by making the products more attractive to children and teens. Several of these products fall under the JUUL brand, but other brands with similar characteristics are emerging.

As part of the Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of tobacco products – particularly e-cigarettes – the FDA is announcing several new actions and efforts, including:

  • Issuing warning letters to 40 retailers for violations related to youth sales of JUUL e-cigarettes;
  • Conducting a large-scale, undercover nationwide blitz of retail establishments;
  • Sending an official request for information to JUUL Labs requiring the company to submit important documents to better understand the reportedly high rates of youth use and the particular youth appeal of these products; and
  • Taking steps to foreclose online sales of JUUL to minors.

As part of the FDA’s responsibility to protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death, these are the first steps in a new effort aimed at stopping youth use of e-cigarettes.

May 1, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, “Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program”. The short title for this program is “Native Connections."

Applications are due no later than June 22, 2018. Information on the FOA is below and the link for additional information is:  https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-18-017 

  • FOA Number: SM-18-017
  • Posted on Grants.gov: Monday, April 23, 2018
  • Application Due Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243
  • Purpose:  The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years.  Native Connections is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood. 
  • Eligibility:  American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of tribes or tribal organizations, or Urban Indian Organizations.
  • Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $7,523,716
  • Anticipated Number of Awards:  Up to 30
  • Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $250,000 per year
  • Length of Project:  Up to 5 years
  • Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No

 

May 1, 2018

SAMHSA is excited to share the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's release of the second edition of After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, which assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student. Developed in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and in consultation with other national experts, this toolkit includes new information and tools that middle and high schools can use to help the school community cope and reduce suicide risk.

Highlights of the second edition include:

  • New examples of how different communities have addressed specific issues in responding to a suicide death
  • A new tool to help with decision-making about memorials
  • Updated resource lists
  • Updated information on topics such as memorialization, social media, and contagion
April 13, 2018

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has created a new eBook — Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids: A Comprehensive Resource for Families with a Teen or Young Adult Struggling with Opioid Use. To prepare parents and families with the knowledge and skills to identify opioids, spot early use and take action effectively.

Download the eBook here.

April 13, 2018

The CALL FOR APPLICATIONS in now open for the 2018 National Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies (2018 Innovative Practices Awards). 

More information can be viewed at http://nasadad.org/exemplary-awards/.

Please forward the Call for Applications information to organizations and providers in your state that have implemented innovative substance abuse prevention programs, policies, or practices resulting in specific changes or outcomes—at the individual, program, or community levels—and encourage them to respond to this Call for Applications.

The 2018 Innovative Practices Awards recipient(s) will be recognized at the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference (http://www.npnconference.org/) in Boston, Massachusetts, August 28-30, 2018.

The application deadline is Friday, May 25, 2018.

April 10, 2018

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched a statewide campaign, You Can, the next evolution of Listen2YourSelfie – DOH's first Marijuana Prevention and Education Program to educate youth about the health effects and consequences of using marijuana. The new campaign encourages young people to pursue their future dreams and immediate personal goals – and helps them to see that marijuana may distract from those dreams and goals.

DOH asks for your help in sharing this campaign with youth and has developed an online toolkit to make this easier: https://thesocialpresskit.com/you-can

The toolkit includes social posts, talking points, downloadable files, and printable materials. DOH encourages you to bookmark this toolkit and check back frequently – they will be updating it with new materials as they become available. Campaign logo files are available upon request.

If you have any questions please reach out Kristen.Haley@doh.wa.gov.

April 9, 2018

Coordinator's from Central Washington are meeting April 17th from 9:30 - 11:30 to network and discuss and plan coordinated prevention efforts. Location: Sunnyside United-Unidos Office, 1901 East Lincoln, Sunnyside, WA . (509) 837-9629

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