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National Prevention Week - Tobacco Use (Monday, May 15)

Looking to reduce youth access to tobacco and vapor products in your community?  Retailer education is a strategy used by many community coalitions.  Materials can include this 1-page ID & License Guide

Visit www.TheAthenaForum.org/tobacco for additional resources for retailer education, such as a script for talking with a retailer and year-of-birth signs retailers can post.


New Funding Opportunity - Prevention of Opioid Drug Misuse and Abuse

Up to five new grants will be awarded to eligible public agencies or community-based organizations to provide prevention services to high-need communities for the prevention of opioid drug misuse and abuse.

Qualified grant applicants within the following twenty communities identified by school districts or in some cases high school attendance areas and their feeder schools are eligible to apply for this grant funding:



Walla Walla Area Communities Come Together to Address Suicide

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.


Marijuana use declines among Kitsap County 10th-graders

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.


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?


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:


National Prevention Week 2016: Strong as One, Stronger Together

SAMHSA's fifth annual National Prevention Week (NPW) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, prevention of mental and/or substance use disorders. This week gives us an opportunity to bring attention to the wide array of prevention efforts going on in communities all across the state and nation.


National Prevention Week - Youth Marijuana Use (Thursday, May 21)

Do you know a parent that wants to talk to their kids about marijuana, but doesn't know where to start?  This parent's guide is a great resource!  A Parent's Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use was developed by Seattle Children’s Hospital and revised and printed for state


National Prevention Week - Opioid & Prescription Drug Abuse (Wed, May 20)

Missed out on the Eastern Washington Heroin & Opioid Overdose Summit earlier this month?


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