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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!

August 6, 2019

OSPI, in partnership with BASE Education and the National Center for School Engagement, has developed a training module to help educators recognize when a student is in emotional or behavioral distress including risk for suicide. The module will help school staff to identify students who may be at risk and provides strategies on how to safely and effectively refer a student for help.

The Confident Action and Referral by Educators (CARE) module is a free, one-hour resource that is available to anyone who works with students in Washington State. CARE may be taken individually or in a group, and a Facilitator Guide is provided to guide staff through the specific examples, discussion questions, additional resources, and role play exercises.

August 1, 2019

The Co-occuring Disorder (COD) and Treatment Washington State Conference is coming up on Oct. 7 and 8 at the Yakima Convention Center.

The COD and Treatment Washington State conference features workshops on:

  • Addressing the opioid crisis
  • The use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Using technology to assist in treatment

Conference sessions feature topics focused on how to establish cultural identity, men’s reaction to trauma, and effective work-life balance.

Register Here:

July 30, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health would like to hear from you about the needs of mothers, children, and families in your community and the state.

The Maternal and Child Health Discovery Survey will help the Department of Health build a statewide list of emerging and unmet needs and will be part of the information that will lead to a set of statewide priorities for using Maternal and Child Health Block Grant funding.

The survey is open through August 16, 2019. It is brief, does not ask for any confidential information, and is available in English and Spanish.

Here are details about the comprehensive needs assessment. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Estes at or (360) 236-3495.

We greatly appreciate and value anything you have to share on activities to improve the health of women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families.

July 26, 2019

The deadline for CADCA’s GOT Outcomes! Awards is only a couple weeks away!  Now is the time to make those adjustments and updates that will truly demonstrate the hard work you’ve put into making CADCA’s 5 products unique to your community.  We are very excited to hear your story and the opportunity for other coalitions to be inspired.  As a quick reminder, these are the documents that are required to be sent in:  

  1. Completed Application Form 
  1. Community Assessment  
  1. Logic Model  
  1. Strategic and Action Plan 
  1. Evaluation Plan  
  1. Evaluation Communication Plan  
  1. Sustainability Plan 
  1. One-page description of Coalition Outcomes (short-term, intermediate, and/or long-term) 

Phase I applications are due to CADCA by 11:59PM EST on Thursday, August 1, 2019.   As this deadline gets closer, we continue to encourage you to reach out to Katrina McCarthy, Evaluation and Research Associate at 703-706-0560, ext 267 or with questions regarding GOT Outcomes! 

July 23, 2019

Calling all Prevention and Public Health partners in NW WA! Please join WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Chair, Jane Rushford, for a Prevention Roundtable in Bothell on August 20 from 2-4p. See attached flyer for further information and share widely. Location details forthcoming.

We want to hear from you about how LCB's regulations and the products we regulate are impacting you and the communities your serve. This will be a roundtable discussion and Q&A session.

Please RSVP here by *Tuesday 7/30*. For further information, contact Sara Cooley Broschart at or 360.522.0421.

We look forward to meeting you!

July 23, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is recruiting for the first ACE’s and Resilience Leadership Development Program cohort. If you are working on Trauma-Informed and Resilience approaches in your community, consider participating in this opportunity.

“Forty people will be selected to be part of our first cohort.  We encourage teams of 2-5 to apply together to help bring the change efforts home.  Individuals are also welcome to apply. We will be selecting a diverse cohort from across the state.

Teams and individuals selected will be committing to:

  • Attend online orientation in Early August to prepare your team for the learning ahead.
  • Meet with a coach from our statewide coaching pool to further scope your project or initiative and set your learning goals.
  • Participate in the FULL 3-day training September 18 (evening)-Sept 21 (mid-afternoon) in Wenatchee at the Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Provide 1-page summary of what you’ve learned, new connections made, and how you will apply the learning (potential impact) to your project or initiative.  
  • Bring what you are learning back to your own communities, organizations and change efforts.

The application form is available here:  Application_ Leadership Development ACEs and Resilience COP.docx

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about the powerful projects and initiatives underway in our beautiful state.  Please send completed applications to Dan Torres ( and Teresa Posakony (

July 23, 2019

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is proud to continue our release of our 2018 Data Reports.   In addition to updates and new trends on previously published reports on Opioids, Cannabis, and Nicotine, we are excited to be releasing 2 new reports: Children and Adolescent Self-Poisoning and Cannabis.

Based on calls to the WAPC, since retail cannabis stores opened in 2014, unintentional cannabis exposure calls for children 0-5 years have almost tripled.  Of all routes of exposures, there has been an 82% increase in calls involving ingestions of cannabis products in all age groups since 2016.

The WAPC provides a 24/7/365 emergency helpline for all Washingtonians, providing immediate expert toxicology consultation on poisonings and toxic exposures from highly trained health care professionals.

  • In 2018, we took 113,586 calls involving 64,139 patients.
  • Our robust database contains over 1.7million cases, allowing us to analyze and study epidemiologic trends in our state that can assist with public health strategies for intervention and also serving as a rich data source for public health, epidemiologic, and medical research.
  • The WAPC has the only system in Washington that provides near real- time toxicosurveillance, allowing us to detect emerging and age-specific trends of drug overdoses, use and abuse of new emerging illicit substances, and public health threats due to chemical substances and biologic toxins.
  • Our toll-free Poison Helpline, 1-800-222-1222 is free, confidential and always available, providing expertise that no other agency in Washington state can provide.
July 23, 2019

Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a decrease in opioid overdose death for the first time in 30 years. Washington State saw a 0.8 percent decrease.