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April 30, 2019

How to Localize Your Campaign:

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.

As part of this statewide effort, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) provides campaign resources to coalitions and partners across the state. The hard work done at the community level by partners like you is a vital part of making a difference in our state.

The campaign is designed to be localized and tailored to your community. This guide is intended to help provide ideas for how to maximize the campaign in your area, in order to:

• Build awareness of your organization and its efforts
• Generate genuine, grassroots appeal for your cause
• Educate community members about how this issue is affecting your community
• Increase the response to and engagement with your campaign

April 30, 2019

The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the show's release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media. The study was conducted by researchers at several universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study. Read more here.

April 29, 2019

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission and Washington State Department of Transportation are seeking public review and comment on the 2019 update of Target Zero®, Washington’s strategic highway safety plan. Target Zero sets forth a vision to reduce traffic fatalities and in Washington State by the year 2030. It identifies Washington State’s traffic safety needs and helps guide investments to achieve significant reductions in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. The plan is updated every three years, and the 2019 update is based on data from 2015 – 2017.

Download a DRAFT of the 2019 plan and provide comments via feedback form. Public feedback will be accepted until Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Feel free to share this link with anyone who may be interested in reviewing the plan.

If you have any questions regarding the plan or the comment form, please contact Katherine Boyd, the Target Zero Project Manager at

April 26, 2019

HCA's fantsatic media vendor, DH, recorded a webinar to let you know how to use the Take Back Campaign Partner Toolkit. 

This webinar will help you learn how to localize the campaign for your communities, to help increase awareness about:

  • How and where to dispose of opioid medications;
  • The importance of removing medications from your home; and to
  • Normalize safe medication reutrn programs. 

Hope this is helpful! 

Email with any questions. 

April 18, 2019

Participate in national prescription drug take-back day 

The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. The last Take-Back Day brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds.

Attached is a summary of some statewide activities happening for Take Back Day! Thank you to all of our prevention partners and coalitions who are helping make this important event a success in your community. 

We'd love to hear what you have planned or some of your successes! Email to let us know! 

Also visit to download the Starts with One Opioid Take Back Campaign materials! 


April 9, 2019

Washington State passes new law to raise legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products. The new law helps to prevent tobacco use in 15- to 18-year-olds, as those who use during youth are more likely to be life long tobacco users. Read more about the landmark state law here.

April 9, 2019

The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center is rolling out four EPLS in the coming months: 1) Ethics in Prevention; 2) Applying the Social Development Strategy; 3) The Power of Coalitions, and 4) Leveraging Systems Change for Substance Misuse Prevention. What is an EPLS? Here are a few highlights: 

  • An EPLS is a sequenced, synchronous online learning event commonly delivered over several weeks, to increase participants’ knowledge and skills on specific topics.
  • Participants log into a web-portal each week to obtain reading material or to view pre-recorded materials.
  • Participants join live web-based video-conference sessions with experts who facilitate discussion on the posted materials, provide opportunities to apply skills, receive feedback and share experiences.

This distance learning series is structured to provide online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and individual activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to application of an ethical decision-making process.

Delivered in weekly sessions from April 30 - May 21, 2019
Participants who complete the entire series will receive 7 continuing education hours. Space is Limited to 15.

April 3, 2019

A new study published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal is the first to show the impact of marijuana use on population rates of psychosis. Daily marijuana users are three times more likely to have a diagnosis of first episode psychosis; rises to five times more likely with high potency marijuana. Read more here.

April 3, 2019

The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and have been reported in the scientific literature in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of e-liquid. However, a recent uptick in voluntary reports of adverse experiences with tobacco products that mentioned seizures occurring with e-cigarette use (e.g., vaping) signal a potential emerging safety issue.

Read more here.


March 28, 2019

Response by Office of Superindent of Public Instruction State Superindtent Chris Reykdal on 2018 Healthy Youth Survery results. Read more here.

Additional resource: Healthy Youth Survey Mental Health Resource Guide