GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans

GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans

By Katie Zezima and Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, March 9 


Self-paced Online DFC Application Workshop Available

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.

Let us know if you've given these a look!


Ideas about National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week?

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?


Listen to your Selfie teen video contest - enter by Jan 20

Let teens in your school or coalition know about this contest and the cool prizes they can win:    


Students have until Jan 13 to enter Washington Poison Center's statewide poster 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. 


Marijuana Talk Kit for Parents Now Available in Spanish

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?


President signs proclamation for National Youth Substance Use And Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month

Earlier this week President Obama signed a proclamation that October, 2016 is National Youth Substance Use And Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month.

Proclamation begins with:


Cannabis Taxes: Promises and Pitfalls

By Beau Kilmer, RAND Center

In less than three months, Californians will vote on legalizing production, distribution and possession of recreational cannabis. Tax revenues are central to that debate, but the really important question is not so much what taxes would be best today but how those taxes should evolve over time.


Parents are the best teachers about healthy choices

The following article is presented by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition, and may be reprinted without permission.

Parents are the best teachers about healthy choices

By Brian Dirks


Registration Now Open for the October 2016 Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST)

Registration is now open for the next WA-SAPST, which will be Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 8:30 a.m. through Friday, October 7, 2016, 3 p.m. The training site is the Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima, WA 98901. Cost of the training is $25.

For more information about the training, including how to register, go to the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington website at

The WA-SAPST meets the training requirements for Community Prevention & Wellness Initiative communities.


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