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March 1, 2018

The next DEA National Take-Back day will be Sat, Apr 28, 2018 from 10am-2pm.

These events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

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March 1, 2018

Adapted from the February 19, 2018 "Health Policy News" e-newsletter.

On Wednesday, February 14th, bills had to be out of their house of origin by 5:00 p.m. After the House of Origin Cutoff, there are 554 bills still alive. This doesn’t include bills that are deemed Necessary To Implement The Budget (NTIB). For a primer on NTIB, click here. While this is a big drop from the peak of over 4,000 bills being alive, having over 550 bills alive and in play at this point in a short session is still a huge number. Bills that passed out of their house of origin have moved over to the opposite house policy committee. There are very tight timelines to pass bills in the last few weeks of session. Looking ahead on the cutoff calendar, bills from the opposite house must pass out of policy committees by the opposite house cutoff on Friday, February 23rd. Three days later, on Monday, February 26th, all bills referred to fiscal committees must pass out of their opposite house fiscal committee (Appropriations, Finance and Capital Budget Committees in the House and Ways & Means in the Senate, and also both Transportation Committees). Four days later, on Friday, March 2nd, bills must be passed out of the opposite house. Bills will continue to die at each point. We will watch to see if any bills, or parts of bills, are resurrected as provisos in the budgets. It continues to be a race to the finish.

February 23, 2018

This survey opportunity is now closed.

Visit the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention page on Athena for information and resources related to safe disposal and medicine take-back events.

DSHS’ Washington State Opioid Awareness campaign – Starts with One – launched on January 1, 2018. You’ll see campaign materials roll out across the state through April. Additionally, if you haven’t downloaded the Partner Toolkit, we encourage you to do so here. The Partner Toolkit has a wide range of materials you can use in your own community.

While the campaign focuses on educating about the dangers of opioid misuse and abuse, it also seeks to increase awareness of appropriate use, safe storage, and disposal practices. We’d like your help in identifying safe disposal or medicine take-back events in your community taking place between now and April 30th. 

If you’re aware of any and would like the support of the campaign, please complete the brief survey below by March 1st. This information will allow us to track medicine take-back events across the state and generate coverage of some of these events. Take the survey here 

February 21, 2018

The CADCA Community is live! 

Networking and educational opportunities that we provide via our trainings and events throughout the year are vital to the sustainability of our coalitions.  To build on that value, CADCA is excited to enter into a new phase of member communications by providing CADCA members an environment to connect, engage and share critical information and best practices in real time. 

The CADCA Community is a members-only forum designed specifically to provide unique networking opportunities, share resources and learn from one another.

All CADCA members will automatically be enrolled in the CADCA Community. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Know your login credentials to Your login will always be your email. Only you know your password. Don’t worry if you forgot it, click the forgot password button or call 703-706-0560 x261 and we can reset it for you.
  2. Update your organization’s roster – Everyone on your organization’s roster receives access to the CADCA Community. Add all your staff, your board members and volunteers so everyone can access the CADCA Community. Follow these easy steps.
    1. Log-in to
    2. Select “My Account”.
    3. At the bottom of the page, select “Organizations You Manage”.
    4. Select your organization.
    5. Update Your organization’s roster as needed.
  3. Get your questions ready! Write down what questions you need answered to create better, drug-free and healthy communities. A few questions that members already want to ask include:
    • Any suggestions on how to get churches more involved in our coalition?
    • Has anyone create a successful “vaping” prevention program?
    • What are some bully resources I can share and incorporate with youth?

Need Help? Just contact Amy Pica, CADCA Membership Manager, at 703-706-5060 x228.


The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.

February 21, 2018

The A/NT Artist Collective Art Gallery at the Seattle Center International Fountain Pavilion is hosting an Art show featuring art from individuals impacted by FASD.

The Opening Reception will be on Sat, Mar 3 from 6-9pm.  The show will run Mar 3-24.

February 12, 2018

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery is looking forward to our upcoming 2018 National Meeting: Implementing Change in Urgent Times to take place October 15-18 2018 at The Ohio State University. The 2018 National Meeting offers practitioners, student affairs professionals, faculty and students the training and tools necessary to strengthen alcohol and drug misuse prevention, intervention and recovery at their college, university or community.

The 2018 National Meeting Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice. Recognizing that there is renewed national urgency to address alcohol and other drug misuse, the theme seeks to highlight the steps, skills and processes needed to effectively implement evidence-based prevention, intervention, and recovery support strategies and solutions. Thus, “Implementing Change in Urgent Times” highlights the critical need to use best practices in implementation science to move campus resources towards effective change. Three main elements are implicit within this theme: (1) understanding the urgent need, (2) selection and adaptation of evidence-based responses, and (3) successfully implementing and evaluating programs, policies and practices in a sustainable and impactful way.

The committee invites proposals that:

-Reflect innovation and cutting edge ideas and programming within the three elements described within the theme.
-Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
-Present best-practice implementation steps which, whenever possible, have been evaluated within an implementation science framework
-Target new, mid-career, and seasoned campus professionals

The overall program will result in a diverse array of presenters and perspectives, including different expertise, different levels of experience, and a variety of institutional and organizational types.

Submission deadline is March 30, 2018.  Applicants can expect a response by May 11, 2018.

Visit this event's "Call for Programs" webpage for additional details:

February 12, 2018

The DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) is pleased to announce the release of the January 2018 CORE Profiles, a comprehensive collection of community indicators for Washington (

NEW this time: Four new indicators in the School Domain-Academic Achievement have been released for the school years 2015, 2016, and 2017 using the Smarter Balanced Assessment data. The indicators are presented as protective factors and include Successful Academic Performance in English Language Arts for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8, and Successful Academic Performance in Math for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.

The Profiles, comprised of over 450 reports, provide annual trends for the last 5 to 12 years for the state and every county, school district, and locale. The indicators cover such topics as child and family health, availability of drugs and substance abuse, criminal justice involvement among teens and adults, academic performance of children and youth, and socioeconomic conditions in your community. Nearly 50 indicators are presented in graphs, maps and tables; the reports are available in PDF and Excel. The profiles are updated twice a year.

Tips for using the CORE Risk Profiles:

February 9, 2018

Originally posted January 23, 2018

The Starts with One campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal.

The messages focus on increasing awareness about appropriate use, safe storage, and appropriate disposal of prescription opioids.  All messages drive the audience to the new campaign website where they can go to learn more about opioids, prevention, and resources for those in need of help.  Additionally, the site has a full partner toolkit with all developed media available for download and use free of charge.  The toolkit contains: TV spots, Posters, web-based media, transit ads, billboards (both digital and traditional), ready-use print ads, Radio ads, Rack Cards, Fact sheets and more!

This campaign is funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Billy Reamer at

February 9, 2018

Originally posted January 19, 2018

With the recent death of WSU quarterback, Tyler Hilinski, you may receive a media inquiries. To improve media coverage about suicide, DBHR, DOH, and OSPI recommend the website, Reporting on Suicide.

Additional information can be found on our Mental Health Promotion page.

February 8, 2018

Originally posted on December 14, 2017

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan issued a press release on results from the 2017 Monitoring the Future study.  Marijuana use among adolescents edged upward in 2017, the first significant increase in seven years. Overall, past-year use of marijuana significantly increased by 1.3% to 24% in 2017 for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders combined. Specifically, in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades the respective increases were 0.8% (to 10.1%), 1.6% (to 25.5%) and 1.5% (to 37.1%). The increase is statistically significant when all three grades are combined.

Other key findings highlighted in the press release include:

Cigarettes and Several Other Tobacco Products Decline in Use

Alcohol Use Levels, After a Long Decline

Use of Inhalants Increases among 8th graders

Heroin and Opioid Use Remains Low Among Adolescents

View the entire press release by visiting:

The website for the Monitoring the Future study is:

The annual Monitoring the Future study is now in its 43rd year. About 45,000 students in some 380 public and private secondary schools have been surveyed each year in this U.S. national study, designed and conducted by research scientists at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Students in grades 8, 10 and 12 are surveyed.