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June 21, 2018

Prevention Partners,

We need to hear from the Prevention Field!  Please take advantage of this opportunity to provide input on 2 very important items listed below. It is critical that Prevention input, feedback, and ideas are included.  This Plan is used to direct the statewide work and efforts as well as resources for addressing the opioid issues in our state. Please pass forward to others in the prevention field. 

1. Opioid Grant proposal – Stakeholder survey. We will begin evaluating responses noon Monday June 25, 2018. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced that they are accepting applications for the fiscal year 2018 State Opioid Response Grants. 

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is interested in feedback from our stakeholders. Please take a moment to complete our online survey and share it with people who may want to weigh in within your stakeholder group.

SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs). 

For additional information, please refer to the Funding Opportunity announcement (FoA) [] and our State Opioid Plan [State_Opioid_Plan_Draft_2018.docx].

We appreciate your feedback as we work together to address the opioid crisis in our state.


2. The State Opioid Response Plan.  Responses are due by 5 PM, Monday June 25th! Please be sure to provide your feedback directly to DOH using the contact information below. Please see email request below for the Department of Health.

Your feedback is requested on the Opioid Response Workgroup’s draft of the Washington State Opioid Response Plan.

Comments must be received by 5pm Monday, June 25.

The Washington State Opioid Response Plan is updated annually to align with evolution of the opioid epidemic, changing scientific evidence, new policies implemented by the legislature, and new activities supported by state and federal funding. 

The plan outlines the goals, strategies and actions that state agencies are implementing or planning to implement in the near future. The four priority goals are:

  1. Prevent opioid misuse and abuse
  2. Identify and treat opioid use disorder
  3. Reduce morbidity and mortality from opioid use disorder
  4. Use data and information to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor morbidity and mortality, and evaluate interventions

To provide feedback or for more information please contract or visit

Thank you for your participation in this effort.

June 19, 2018

The 2017-19 Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program online application is now open to K-12 school districts and eligible organizations.

Please use this link to go to the ZoomGrants website. All applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants. Hard copies are not accepted.

Applications are due to Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email

June 15, 2018

The Washington State Department of Health’s, Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is excited to announce the launch of the Know This About Cannabis campaign.

This is the first statewide campaign directed at legal, non-medical consumers in Washington. Know This About Cannabis aims to increase awareness about the risks, rules, and responsibilities around retail, non-medical, cannabis use. Ultimately, our goal is to reduce impaired driving, prevent use while pregnant or breastfeeding, and keep cannabis products out of the hands of youth.

Check out the Know This About Cannabis toolkit, access social media posts and the website to learn more.

If you would like to adapt the campaign in your community or have any questions, please contact

June 15, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention. The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers information and facts from literature and links to resources to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, SAMHSA offers the Toolkit as an educational resource for community members, first responders, prescribers, patients, and families.

June 15, 2018

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has release a 3-minute survey for partners to provide feedback on the 2019 Target Zero Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

June 7, 2018

The Awards of Excellence are an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and contributions to the Prevention field.

Please take the time to nominate a colleague, young person, program or organization in the following award categories:

  • Exemplary Prevention Youth Leadership
  • Exemplary Prevention Professional and/or Exemplary Community Prevention Leader
  • Exemplary Tribal Prevention Professional and/or Exemplary Tribal Community Prevention Leader
  • Exemplary Community Coalition and/or Exemplary Tribal Community Prevention Group
  • Exemplary Contributions to Prevention by an Organization, Business, or Agency
  • Exemplary Implementation of a Prevention Program

We will celebrate awardees and their successes at the award ceremony during the Prevention Summit in November.

Nominations are due September 17, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Please review the nomination packet thoroughly; if you have any questions contact Martha Williams at or at (360) 725-3260.


May 22, 2018

Adolescents who view more advertising for medical marijuana are more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance, according to a new RAND Corporation study

Read more here

May 11, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tips for Teens fact sheets provide information about the effects of short- and long-term use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants. These brochures provide facts and answer frequently asked questions about each of the substances covered. Fact sheets include:

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Cocaine

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Methamphetamine

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Inhalants


May 4, 2018

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released a survey on May 1, 2018 that asks Washingtonians to determine the importance they place on specific public K-12 education priorities. What they prioritize will help OSPI build their 2019-21 budget requests for the Legislature and Governor this summer.

The Pick Your Priorities in Public K-12 Education page contains information about the survey, a one-minute long video, sample tweets in English and Spanish, a graphic to share in emails and social media, and links to the survey in 10 languages.

The education priorities included in the survey are randomized as each person opens the survey. Results will be analyzed with and without duplicate responses from the same computer IP address. For questions about the survey, please contact Katy Payne at or at 360-725-6012.


May 1, 2018

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced several enforcement actions as part of a new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of – and access to – JUUL and other e-cigarettes.

FDA understands that many kids are using e-cigarettes with a particular set of characteristics: an appearance that closely resembles a USB flash drive, high levels of nicotine, and emissions that are hard to see. These characteristics may facilitate youth use by making the products more attractive to children and teens. Several of these products fall under the JUUL brand, but other brands with similar characteristics are emerging.

As part of the Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of tobacco products – particularly e-cigarettes – the FDA is announcing several new actions and efforts, including:

  • Issuing warning letters to 40 retailers for violations related to youth sales of JUUL e-cigarettes;
  • Conducting a large-scale, undercover nationwide blitz of retail establishments;
  • Sending an official request for information to JUUL Labs requiring the company to submit important documents to better understand the reportedly high rates of youth use and the particular youth appeal of these products; and
  • Taking steps to foreclose online sales of JUUL to minors.

As part of the FDA’s responsibility to protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death, these are the first steps in a new effort aimed at stopping youth use of e-cigarettes.