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Starts with One campaign listening sessions

Health Care Authority (HCA) is inviting coalition and prevention partners to join an upcoming listening session and share feedback on the 

Region 10 Opioid Summit: Planning workgroups and call for proposals

The Region 10 Opioid Summit will be held in a hybrid format on July 25-26, 2024, with an in-person attendance option in Boise, ID.

This year's theme and title is "Breaking barriers, saving lives: Empowering individuals, strengthening families, healing communities, and embracing recovery." At least a quarter of this year's programming workshops will be dedicated to cultural and tribal-based services reaching American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Drug Take Back Day and fentanyl education resources webinar

Prevention providers are invited to a webinar on Thursday, March 28, or Monday, April 1, to learn about Take Back Day medication disposal efforts and new fentanyl education resources.

Attend for information about: 

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.

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.

Friends for Life fentanyl education campaign launches youth materials

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is expanding on its statewide fentanyl education campaign, Friends for Life, with new materials and messaging designed to reach youth ages 12-18 and their parents/caregivers with primary prevention strategies.

Earlier this year, HCA launched the Friends for Life campaign to inform young adults about the risks of illicit fentanyl and the power of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. Materials and resources from this phase of the campaign will still be available on the website in addition to the new pieces.

New fentanyl education materials for native communities

Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) has just launched an update to the WA Tribal Opioid Solutions campaign, now titled For Our Lives, to support native serving organizations working in prevention and treatment in Washington State.

Do you have plans to participate in National Drug Take Back Day?

National Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Local communities across the state and nation will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to host awareness events to educate the public on safe medication return and provide an opportunity for community members to dispose of leftover or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs freely, safely, and conveniently. In addition, vape pens and other e-cigarette devices with batteries removed can be collected, too.

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.