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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is observed every December to educate the public about the risks of driving impaired and encourage drivers to make responsible choices on the road. Impaired driving is often discussed in relation to alcohol but includes operating a vehicle under the influence of any harmful substance, including cannabis, opioids, and other drugs.

You Can video contest

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New webinar recording available!

The Cannabis Research and Education Program (CERP) held a Lunch and Learn on April 20, titled “Addressing the Risks of High-THC Cannabis: The Public Health & Legislative Saga.” This presentation shares some of the findings from Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) CERP’s High THC Policy: Exploring Policy Solutions to Address Public Health Challenges of High THC Products report to legislature, completed in partnership with Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA).

Community Based Prevention Capacity Building Grants Available

[This post was updated on April 18 & 24, 2023]

The Washington State Department of Health is excited to release the Request For Funding Application: Community Based Prevention Capacity Building Grant.

The following documents are required to review thoroughly for a successful application submission:

2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which shows how people living in America reported about their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021.

Announcing the You Can campaign relaunch!

The Department of Health (DOH) You Can campaign educates teens about the risks and consequences of using cannabis and increases protective factors that help teens resist using drugs. 

2021 Monitoring the Future Survey outcomes released

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan conducts an annual survey completed by students in grades 8, 10 and 12. A subset of that group is tracked through adulthood. Their headline finding of the Monitoring the Future survey this year was that marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults 19 to 30 years old reached all-time high in 2021. 
Other key findings for young adults from the press release include:

    Interested in working with us? Apply to the open Development and Strategic Initiatives Prevention Supervisor position!

    Are you interested in impacting the health of wellness of individuals in Washington schools and communities as part of a team that is leading the nation in the advancement of prevention and promotion services? If so, consider applying to the open Development and Strategic Initiatives Prevention Supervisor position with the Health Care Authority's Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

    Getting Candid toolkit aids

    Conversations with youth about health behaviors, especially substance use, can be challenging for even the most experienced providers. With increasing need and concern about youth substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing created a comprehensive toolkit and message guide about substance use prevention.