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September 9, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products.

E-cigarettes are devices that deliver an aerosol to the user by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana or other substances.

While this investigation is ongoing, consider not using e-cigarette products.

If you do use e-cigarette products and you experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly. CDC and the FDA will continue to alert the public throughout this investigation.

Regardless of the ongoing investigation:

  • Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products.
  • Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products.
  • Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.
  • If you do use e-cigarette products, you should not buy these products off the street (for example, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids).
  • You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
  • Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or other medical provider.

If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette product, you can also call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

CDC and FDA encourage the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected health or product issues related to tobacco or e-cigarette products to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal.

Read the Investigation Notice for more information.

September 6, 2019

The CADCA Boot Camp is required for new CPWI Coordinators. Please make sure you register by September 15th! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KVFNFWR

September 6, 2019

The entry period for the 2019 Red Ribbon Photo Contest is October 1st through November 1st.

For more information visit: https://redribbon.org/contest/

September 6, 2019

As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Red Ribbon Week campaign, the DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are co-sponsoring this Campus Video PSA Contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing alcohol abuse and the non-medical use of prescription stimulants among college students. Eligible entrants create and submit a 30- to 60-second video PSA showcasing the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week—commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, especially among college students.

After drug traffickers murdered DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, Red Ribbon Week has since become an annual event demonstrating intolerance for drugs in our nation’s schools, workplaces, and communities. Each year from October 23–31, people across the United States show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.

For more information visit: https://www.campusdrugprevention.gov/psacontest

September 4, 2019

Calling all Prevention and Public Health partners:

It's time to share your voice and expertise! We want to hear your thoughts on possible updates to the Marijuana Packaging and Labeling rules. This will be a focus group type discussion with some presentation from Kathy Hoffman, LCB's Cannabis Policy and Rules Coordinator.

LCB Prevention Focus Group: Marijuana Packaging and Labeling Rules

Tuesday, September 17

12.30-1p: Registration and networking | 1-3p Focus group discussion

Tukwila Community Center | 12424 42nd Ave S Tukwila, WA  98168

RSVP by 9/13 herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/lcb-prevention-focus-group-marijuana-packaging-and-labeling-rules-tickets-71590500113

Please come prepared to offer specific insights and recommendations for this set of rules. Materials will be sent out in advance for your review.

For further information, contact Sara Cooley Broschart at sara.broschart@lcb.wa.gov or 360.522.0421.

We look forward to learning with you!

 

 

Note: This is a closed meeting for prevention and public health partners only. Feel free to forward this invitation but keep in mind that criteria.

 

 

August 29, 2019

Today, Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams, issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of protecting youth and pregnant women from the health risks of marijuana use.

Marijuana, or cannabis, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a component of marijuana, binds to receptors in the brain, producing euphoria and a variety of potentially harmful effects, including intoxication and memory and motor impairments. Newer strains of marijuana have also shown to be increasingly more potent, leading to other risks like anxiety, agitation, paranoia and psychosis. Continue reading here.

August 28, 2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, Sept. 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week, and Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. National suicide prevention partners will be using #BeThere to track our messaging efforts this year. Here are other ways to get involved.

August 20, 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH provides estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. NSDUH data also help to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups; estimate trends over time; and determine the need for treatment services.

August 16, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule to require new cigarette health warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements to promote greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking. The proposed warnings, which feature photo-realistic color images depicting some of the lesser-known, but serious health risks of cigarette smoking, stand to represent the most significant change to cigarette labels in 35 years. When finalized, this rule would fulfill a requirement in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and complement additional important work FDA is undertaking to advance the health of America’s families.

Fifteen months after a final rule is issued, the proposed cigarette health warnings would be required to occupy the top 50 percent of the front and rear panels of cigarette packages and at least 20 percent of the top of cigarette advertisements.

The proposed rule will open for public comments starting tomorrow, Aug. 16, through Oct. 15, 2019. For a more in-depth look at the proposed rule, be sure to read our new web feature.

Atttached file contains social media content to share messages about the proposed rule to require health warnings.

August 9, 2019

Red Ribbon Week, which is observed annually on October 23-31, highlights the importance of preventing drug abuse in our nation’s schools and communities and committing to living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. This year, while October 23-31 will still be highlighted as Red Ribbon Week, DEA’s acting Administrator, Uttam Dhillon, has asked us to commemorate Red Ribbon throughout the month of October.

One of the ways in which you can help commemorate Red Ribbon Week this year is to Go Red for Red Ribbon, which brings awareness to living a drug-free life by lighting up buildings, landmarks, businesses, and bridges in red!

Attached for your reference is a flyer that explains the Go Red for Red Ribbon initiative. Please feel free to share the flyer!

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