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April 10, 2018

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched a statewide campaign, You Can, the next evolution of Listen2YourSelfie – DOH's first Marijuana Prevention and Education Program to educate youth about the health effects and consequences of using marijuana. The new campaign encourages young people to pursue their future dreams and immediate personal goals – and helps them to see that marijuana may distract from those dreams and goals.

DOH asks for your help in sharing this campaign with youth and has developed an online toolkit to make this easier:

The toolkit includes social posts, talking points, downloadable files, and printable materials. DOH encourages you to bookmark this toolkit and check back frequently – they will be updating it with new materials as they become available. Campaign logo files are available upon request.

If you have any questions please reach out

April 9, 2018

Coordinator's from Central Washington are meeting April 17th from 9:30 - 11:30 to network and discuss and plan coordinated prevention efforts. Location: Sunnyside United-Unidos Office, 1901 East Lincoln, Sunnyside, WA . (509) 837-9629

April 9, 2018

The Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NWATTC) provides training and services to develop and strengthen the substance use disorder treatment and recovery workforce in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

To make sure they are truly supporting the needs of the region, the NWATTC is currently seeking input from the workforce about training topic and format preferences.

Tell the NWATTC about your professional development needs by completing their brief survey here:

If you want to receive information about future training and services in the region, also sign up for their mailing list at:

Please complete the survey by the end of May.  The initial review of information collected will occur in June.



April 6, 2018

The Washington State Department of Health has recently published an Opioid Dashboard. Currently, the data include six opioid prescribing measures and fatal opioid overdoses. Statewide, county and Accountable Community of Health data are available. For most measures, there is county (or ACH) map, a trend graph which allows comparison across geographies, and a table with county (or ACH)-specific rates. Over time, more measures will become available. 

April 6, 2018

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is proud to celebrate and honor the individuals and organizations that have achieved excellence in the substance use disorders field over the past year. Awards are given in up to seven categories and will be presented during the 2018 NAADAC Annual Conference in Houston, TX. Please submit your nominations by May 31st.

Awards include:

  • Addiction Educator of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Honorary Membership Award
  • Lora Roe Memorial Addiction Counselor of the Year
  • Medical Professional of the Year 
  • Mel Schulstad Professional of the Year
  • Organizational Achievement Award
  • William F. "Bill" Callahan Award

Click here for more information.

April 5, 2018

2018 Prevention Resource Guide: Keeping Children Safe and Families Strong in Supportive Communities
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Free to download or order 10 print copies.
Information about the guide and how to order paper copies - 

April 5, 2018

Recorded Webinar – Trauma informed Practice – a Rural Perspective
Karolyn Holden, Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington
Original date: March 27, 2018
Link to recording: 

April 5, 2018

Online Resources - The Resilience Summit

A 5-day online event focused on how to manage stress and adversity, build an unshakeable core of inner strength, and thrive in a challenging world with resilience experts and Rick Hanson, PhD. Originally aired March 19-23 and now available online.

  • Day 1: Elissa Epel, PhD – Strengthening Your Body Against Stress
  • Day 2: Kristen Neff, PhD – Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
  • Day 3: Nadine Burke Harris, MD – Addressing Childhood Adversity
  • Day 4: Peter Levine, PhD – Recovering from Loss and Trauma
  • Day 5:  Shawn Achor, MA – Finding Strength in Relationships
March 22, 2018

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is writing new rules on one specific issue related to vapor products (electronic cigarettes). We welcome your input.

WHAT THE RULES ARE ABOUT: In 2016, the Washington State Legislature passed a new law that regulates vapor products (Chapter 70.345 RCW). One provision of that law says:

RCW. 70.345.075(2): For closed system nicotine containers as defined in RCW 70.345.010, a manufacturer that sells, offers for sale, or distributes vapor products in this state must annually provide the Department of Health with a disclosure of the nicotine content of such vapor product based on measurement standards to be established by the Department of Health.

In compliance with this provision, DOH will write rules (Washington Administrative Codes) about exactly how and when manufacturers must disclose the nicotine content and what measurement standards they must use.

  • These rules will apply to vapor products with closed system containers – that is, containers that are presealed by the manufacturer and not refillable by the customer – and will not apply to any other type of vapor products, such as refillable containers. They will apply only to vapor products that contain nicotine.
  • Only manufacturers of closed system containers are required to measure and disclose the nicotine content. This requirement does not apply to retailers nor distributors, unless they are also manufacturers.
  • The rules will not address any other provisions of the vapor product law. Also, DOH does not have authority to change the law itself, only to write rules to implement it.

DOH does not yet have an official draft of the rules. We are seeking suggestions on what the rules should say about manufacturers disclosing nicotine content. We welcome any thoughts you have.

To hear from you, DOH will host two conference calls. On the calls, we will answer questions and take your suggestions. Both calls will be the same, so you only need to call once. To join either call, dial (872)240-3212 and then use access code 147-373-997.

  • Thursday, March 29, at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 30, at 10:00 AM

You can also email written suggestions to

After we review all suggestions received, we will prepare and release an official draft of the rules. At that time, you will have an opportunity to give formal public comment. If you received this email  directly from DOH, then we will automatically email you a notice of the official draft. If you received this email some other way, and you wish to be added to DOH’s distribution list to receive future notices directly, please email

If you have any questions, or wish to be added to our distribution list to receive future notices (or wish not to receive future notices on this topic), please contact Matthew Green at or 360-236-3309.



March 22, 2018

Posted on behalf of the Washington State Department of Health:

JUUL is a type of e-cigarette/vapor product that is relatively new to the vapor product market and has become increasingly popular, especially among youth. JUULs are easy to conceal, as they very closely resemble a USB drive, can be charged in a USB port, and emit little to no detectable vapor or odor. The e-liquid contains .7 ml nicotine by volume, and 5% nicotine by weight. This is roughly equivalent to the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes. Every flavored JUUL pod contains nicotine and they can be taken apart to allow for the user to add additional substances or liquid.

The U.S. Surgeon General stated that vapor products are still the most common tobacco product among youth, and e-cigarette/vapor product use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, particularly the use of combustible tobacco products. Please share the available resources below with your CPWI communities, partners, and stakeholders.

The Washington State Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program (TVPPCP) has recently been made aware that the manufacturer of JUUL has contacted some schools in several states seeking their participation in a prevention program designed by the e-cigarette manufacturer. The tobacco industry has a long history of sponsoring youth prevention programming that ultimately undermine evidence-based tobacco control efforts, and JUUL is no different. The TVPPCP and partners have shared this information with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as well as the Educational Service Districts throughout the State, instructing them to reject these offers if approached by the manufacturers of JUULs and/or offered funding to support the implementation of this program, and to immediately contact the Washington State Department of Health, Stacia Wasmundt, Youth Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention Consultant,, 360-236-2568.

Want more information to share with your coalition or community, see the attached letter and talking points.

You may find these to be helpful, which are also mentioned in the attached letter: