Opioids 101 - The Opioid/Heroin Connection
Learn the risks and benefits of prescription opioids for pain management and how to reduce those risks
for yourself, your loved ones and the community.
Thursday, April 27 from 7pm to 8:30pm - Shoreline Library (345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155)
In response to an increase in teen suicides in Walla Walla and surrounding areas, the Sources of Strength program was implemented at two local high schools. Supported by a suicide prevention grant from DBHR, within 30 days and with the help of coalition members and the broader community, four days of training and a community night was held.
A recent article by the Kitsap Sun reports that marijuana use declined among Kitsap County 10th-graders, according to the state Healthy Youth Survey.
Laura Hyde with the county Substance Abuse Prevention Program said prevention efforts in the community helped reduce marijuana use among teens, even as the drug became more normalized in society.
Talking about ineffective and counterproductive strategies as you build the capacity of your community partners can be highly challenging for all involved, particularly if the practice under discussion has become a tradition, is close to your community partner's heart, or was their response to a tragedy or other personal experience with substance abuse.
Thinking of applying for a Drug-Free Communities [DFC] grant? The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) now offers an online applicant workshop for those interested in applying! This self-paced workshop is comprised of 6 videos that explain the purpose of DFC and reviews components of the DFC application packet.
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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is being held January 23-29, 2017. This is a week-long observance where communities around the country organize events and activities to get teens involved in learning about the science behind the effects of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction on their brain, body, and behavior.
Has your community participated before? Any ideas or lessons learned you would want to share with others?
Let teens in your school or coalition know about this contest and the cool prizes they can win: http://listen2yourselfie.org/contest/
National Poison Prevention Week, the third week of March each year, is a week nationally designated to bring attention to the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them, including child exposures to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.
To celebrate this week in Washington and highlight the role of the poison centers as a free resource, the Washington Poison Center hosts a statewide poster contest to engage children in helping communicate messages of poison safety to other children and adults.
From the Partnership for Drug Free Kids:
Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens. So, where do you start? And what should you say?