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January 25, 2019
The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NWPTTC) is interested in learning about your training and resource needs related to your substance use and misuse prevention work.  Your responses to this survey will help us determine what prevention related trainings to provide, and how best to provide them.

This assessment is designed for anyone interested in training in substance use prevention to help build knowledge about prevention science and skills to identify and implement evidence-based programs and strategies.

This survey was designed to take 15 minutes to complete.  Thank you for your participation.

Access survey here.

January 25, 2019

Convenience samples indicate that transgender youths appear to be at higher risk for violence victimization, substance use, suicide risk, and sexual risk behaviors than are cisgender youth.

Population-based survey data from 10 state and nine urban school districts found that an average of 1.8% of high school students identify as transgender. Transgender students were more likely than were cisgender students to report violence victimization, substance use, and suicide risk, and, although generally more likely to report sexual risk behaviors, were also more likely to report having been tested for human immunodeficiency virus.

Read more here.

January 18, 2019

The Washington Poison Control (WAPC) is developing a Training of Trainers curriculum related to cannabis/marijuana. 

To help inform the curriculum content, WAPC would like to know what you would like to see in a cannabis Training of Trainers. The survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

The survey closes January 25th.

For more information, contact Alex Sirotzki at

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.