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Youth opioid misuse care interviews

The University of Washington is facilitating focus groups with parents, caregivers, and trusted adults of young people, ages 15-25, who received care for opioid misuse starting at least one year ago. The purpose of these focus groups is to understand participants' experiences with care and learn how the way we talk about these services with youth and their caregivers can be improved. Participants will be compensated and may participate in up to three focus groups in October and November 2023.

Safe Medication Return's new website and toll-free number

Safe Medication Return lets people appropriately dispose of unwanted household over the counter and prescription medications (including for pets). Secure storage and safe disposal of medication helps reduce overdoses, poisonings, and suicide attempts. Safely disposing of medication also keeps it out of our environment which helps protect our water and soil.

Washington’s two approved drug take-back program operators, MED-Project and Inmar, recently launched:

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:

    2022 Opioid Summit call for proposals

    The Region 10 Opioid Summit Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal to present at the 2022 Opioid Summit. Workshop proposals should fit into one of the highlighted topics, and address the conference theme, "We are the Foundation". The highlighted topics are: Improving the Workforce Pillars for Opioid Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, and Intervention.

    National Drug Take Back Day is coming up!

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting its 22nd annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. National Take Back Day is a free, safe, anonymous, and convenient way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Since the start of these events, a total of over 15 million pounds have been collected!

    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.

    Join NIDA for National Drug and Facts Week (NDAFW) 2022 and share your why

    Please join the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the 2022 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) observance, to be held March 21-27, 2022, and register your event or activity.

    HCA Tribal Opioid Solutions Campaign Spotlight: Quileute Human Services Department

    The Tribal Opioid Solutions Campaign, developed in partnership with Tribes, urban Indian organizations and WA State agency partners, aims to address opioid misuse and prevention in tribal communities across the state. One of the campaign’s year 4 efforts includes an interview spotlighting Quileute’s Health and Human Services Department. The interview was conducted by Native-owned radio station, Daybreak Star Radio, with Miss Ann-Penn Charles and Jody Heller from Quileute.