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June 15, 2018

The Washington State Department of Health’s, Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is excited to announce the launch of the Know This About Cannabis campaign.

This is the first statewide campaign directed at legal, non-medical consumers in Washington. Know This About Cannabis aims to increase awareness about the risks, rules, and responsibilities around retail, non-medical, cannabis use. Ultimately, our goal is to reduce impaired driving, prevent use while pregnant or breastfeeding, and keep cannabis products out of the hands of youth.

Check out the Know This About Cannabis toolkit, access social media posts and the website to learn more.

If you would like to adapt the campaign in your community or have any questions, please contact

June 15, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention. The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers information and facts from literature and links to resources to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, SAMHSA offers the Toolkit as an educational resource for community members, first responders, prescribers, patients, and families.

June 15, 2018

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has release a 3-minute survey for partners to provide feedback on the 2019 Target Zero Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

June 7, 2018

The Awards of Excellence are an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and contributions to the Prevention field.

Please take the time to nominate a colleague, young person, program or organization in the following award categories:

  • Exemplary Prevention Youth Leadership
  • Exemplary Prevention Professional and/or Exemplary Community Prevention Leader
  • Exemplary Tribal Prevention Professional and/or Exemplary Tribal Community Prevention Leader
  • Exemplary Community Coalition and/or Exemplary Tribal Community Prevention Group
  • Exemplary Contributions to Prevention by an Organization, Business, or Agency
  • Exemplary Implementation of a Prevention Program

We will celebrate awardees and their successes at the award ceremony during the Prevention Summit in November.

Nominations are due September 17, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Please review the nomination packet thoroughly; if you have any questions contact Martha Williams at or at (360) 725-3260.


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 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: 

  • FOA Number: SM-18-017
  • Posted on 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