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January 17, 2019

The 2019 Saying It Out Loud (SIOL) Conference will take place on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Tacoma, WA.

The SIOL Conference focuses on information sharing and networking to improve behavioral health services and decrease disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals.

The conference strives to provide space to educate and share knowledge with attendees to better serve and support LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. Dialogue is encouraged across all topics that touch and impact individuals including understanding how difference with regards to gender identity and sexuality impact overall behavioral and physical health, self-determination and well-being.

All are welcome. Attendees in the past have included professionals from many areas such as behavioral health (mental health and substance use) across all ages and populations, non-profit agencies who serve LGBTQ+ individuals and families, child welfare, education, criminal justice, etc.

This year’s conference is scheduled to take place at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center Monday April 29th and will mark its 18th year. The conference has had continued success and growth year after year with around 400 in attendance at the 2018 conference. The goal of the conference is to continue making an impact in the lives of individuals for years to come.

The conference is sponsored by the Health Care Authority (HCA), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).

January 10, 2019

The CADCA Annual Survey is the only survey of coalitions for coalitions. It is the single source where coalitions, policymakers, researchers and practitioners can access up-to-date information on coalitions.

The aim of CADCA's Annual Survey is to identify coalitions around the country and learn more about what they are doing in their communities to address substance abuse problems. By adding their voice to the Annual Survey, coalitions provide critically needed information to advance the coalition field and help inform CADCA of training and technical assistance needs vital to coalitions.

Please contact CADCA to receive your personal survey link.

Phone: 1-800-542-2322, ext. 220

December 27, 2018

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan issued a press release on results from the 2018 Monitoring the Future study.  Increases in adolescent vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest ever recorded in the past 43 years for any adolescent substance use outcome in the U.S. The percentage of 12th grade students who reported vaping nicotine in the past 30 days nearly doubled, rising from 11% to 21%.

The annual Monitoring the Future study is now in its 44th year. About 45,000 students in 380 public and private secondary schools are 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. The survey is completed by students in grades 8, 10 and 12.

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.