December events, resources, opportunities, & more.

Youth Advocacy Training

When: Tuesday December 14th & Thursday Dec. 16th 2021 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: This is a two part training to be held virtually via zoom

About the training:

Youth will learn:

  • How you can make a difference and become an effective advocate for what you're passionate about
  • How to build relationships with elected officials and their staffAll about the legislative process, including connections to help you track issues
  • How to include youth leaders in advocacy and policy development

Who is it for?

Youth interested in making a difference through advocacy and policy change. Perfect for prevention clubs, government classes and leadership groups! No experience necessary.

This training is by youth and for youth – The workshop facilitators are youth who have experience public speaking, working with decision makers and government leaders.

Here is the link to register: Use Your Voice Registration

This training is open to more than just the SW Region, so feel free to share within your networks.

Contact Jesse Jimenez for more information or questions.

Prevent Coalition Receives National Honors With 2021 Coalition of Excellence Award

ESD 112’s Prevent Coalition is the 2021 winner of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Coalition of Excellence Award. The national award recognizes the Prevent Coalition’s outstanding and measurable success in community-level youth substance use and abuse prevention.

“This award shows how a community group with a vision and a plan can make an incredible positive impact on youth and community. It demonstrates collaboration and hope are powerful, alive, and well,” Leanne Reid, Prevention & Youth Services Manager at ESD 112, shared. ‘“When I first started with Prevent, as I learned about the coalition work I remember thinking – These people and this work is special. It’s a game-changer! This award is the acknowledgment of data that demonstrates the change and the special work the coalition has done over the years.”

Prevent Coalition was presented with this award following a rigorous two-phase application process over the past six months, where they shared how they demonstrated strategic planning to achieve positive outcomes in their short-term and intermediate outcomes associated with substance misuse issues.

“We congratulate Prevent Coalition on their outstanding work and for being exemplary leaders in the field of substance abuse prevention. Prevent clearly embraced the CADCA model of prevention and their commitment has led to positive sustainable outcomes within their community. Our CADCA Got Outcomes! winners exemplify the excellent work that coalitions are doing around the country to prevent and reduce substance use and misuse in their communities,” said General Barrye L. Price, CADCA’s President and CEO.

By mobilizing youth, parents, educators, law enforcement, health care, businesses, decision-makers and more, Prevent implements a range of interventions in Southwest Washington to reduce youth substance use and build community collaboration. A focus of the work is reducing youth access to marijuana through policy change, education, skill-building, and addressing community norms. Some of the measurable successes Prevent has achieved include:

  • Lower Youth Access: A 7.1% reduction in youth access to marijuana, from 51% in 2014 to 44% in 2018.
  • More Conversations: A 2.5% reduction in the number of parents who do not tell their kids not to use marijuana, from 33.6% in 2014 to 31.1% in 2018.
  • Stronger Parental Attitudes: A 2% reduction in youth who got marijuana from home with their parent’s permission, from 8% in 2016 to 6% in 2018.

Years of collaboration by many dedicated members of the Prevent team have resulted in a number of long-lasting prevention tools leading to positive community changes. Some of these include:

  • Making the Connection: 13 interactive modules that reveal the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, brain development, and youth substance use.
  • Secure Your Cannabis: Point of purchase cards educating cannabis consumers on secure storage, and the developing teen brain.
  • Find Your Good: Media images and social kits highlighting positive coping mechanisms and alternatives to using substances.
  • Cannabis Conversations: Age-appropriate guides for adults on how to talk to children and youth about cannabis.
  • Locks Save Lives: Social norms messaging and campaign promoting safe storage of opioids and prescription medication.
  • Locks Save Lives Home: Messaging for home-builders and property managers encouraging the installation of locking cabinets in all new housing developments and homes.
  • Rural Toolkit: A library of online tools and resources empowering rural coalitions.

In late January, Leanne Reid and Christopher Belisle, Regional Prevention Project Coordinator, will travel to Washington D.C. for the annual CADCA Forum where they will be presented with the 2021 Coalition of Excellence Award. Leanne and Christopher will deliver a presentation that outlines their efforts in the community that led to the measurable outcomes that are being recognized with the award. They will also meet with national leaders to talk about policy, and receive training and professional development on a variety of drug misuse prevention topics.

CADCA is a non-profit organization committed to creating safe, healthy, and drug-free communities, representing more than 5,000 community coalitions nationwide (and in more than 30 countries worldwide) that involve schools, law enforcement, youth, parents, healthcare professionals, media, and others.

Learn more about CADCA’s 2021 Got Outcomes! Awards on their website, and visit Prevent Coalition’s website for more information.

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Prevention Campaign for Latino Communities

Join the official launch of “Campaña de Prevención de Opioides,” a prevention and awareness campaign for Latino communities, on Tuesday, December 7 at 1 p.m. ET.

Given recent increases in overdose deaths among Latino communities and the dire need for evidence-based, culturally appropriate prevention resources, Addiction Policy Forum is launching the Opioid Prevention Campaign for Latino communities. Materials will be provided in both English and Spanish, and will feature primary prevention, intervention, and educational resources. This campaign is made possible by funding from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation.

Click here to register or find out more.


Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth - SAMHSA Resource Guide

As policy and legalization efforts evolve and the availability of legal marijuana increases, communities and families need guidance to support the prevention of marijuana use among youth.

SAMHSA released a new guide that showcases promising programs and environmental strategies for reducing and preventing marijuana use among youth aged 12 to 17, including:

  • Environmental strategies, such as regulating the price of marijuana products, where these products are sold, the products themselves, and their promotion and advertising
  • School- and community-based substance use prevention programs to implement along with environmental interventions as part of a comprehensive prevention strategy. The guide provides considerations and strategies for key stakeholders (including policy makers, community coalitions, businesses, school administrators, educators, and other community members), states, and the prevention workforce to prevent and reduce marijuana use among youth.

The guide provides considerations and strategies for key stakeholders (including policy makers, community coalitions, businesses, school administrators, educators, and other community members), states, and the prevention workforce to prevent and reduce marijuana use among youth.

Click here to view the SAMHSA Resource Guide

"Talk. They Hear You." Substance Use Prevention Campaign - SAMHSA

The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address alcohol and other drug use with their children early.

"Talk. They Hear You." - NEW! Mobile Application

The new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign mobile app is an interactive tool to help parents and caregivers, educators, and communities get informed, be prepared, and take action to prevent underage drinking and other drug use!

Parents and caregivers now have access to a smartphone based tool to assist them with some of the most important conversations they may ever have with their kids. The app shows parents how to turn everyday situations into opportunities to talk with their kids about alcohol and other drugs. It also equips them with the necessary skills, confidence, and knowledge to start and continue these conversations as their kids get older.

Click here to view the one-page overview about this new application.

Click here for more information including a short video!

"Talk. They Hear You." - Materials for Schools

Teachers, administrators, student assistance professionals (SAP's), and other school staff members work hard every day to prepare students for future success. Use of alcohol and other drugs, such as marijuana or opioids, can seriously undermine a child’s academic success and life goals.

When something is going on with a student, it can be hard to get the full picture. You don’t have to do it alone. "Talk. They Hear You." campaign resources provide a way for school professionals to share prevention messages with their students’ parents and caregivers:

Click here for resources and more information!

You can access all of the "Talk. They Hear You." campaign materials on their Publications and Digital Products webpage.

The Prevent Coalition Podcast

Give yourself a gift this holiday and check out the Prevent Coalition Podcast! There are currently six podcast episodes and more expected to come in 2022!

Insights, tips, stories and science on community prevention coalitions in Washington State. Hosts Jesse and Christopher share the inside scoop on engaging your community and reaching your organization's potential.

Listen at The podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, the Apple Podcast app and other familiar streaming services.

Episodes archived at

Legislation 101: Video Training Series

The statewide policy workgroup, Prevention Voices, has published a series of legislative 101 webinars to help prepare for legislative session. You may find some familiar hosts!

Click the links below to watch and learn. These videos will be archived in multiple places, including the Prevent advocacy page.

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This Holiday Season Gift Peace Of Mind: Lock Up Your Meds

Protect loved ones from prescription drug misuse

We’re almost at the end of yet another year, which means another holiday season filled with festivities, food, and time with family and friends. That doesn’t mean we should let our guards down when it comes to keeping our families safe, happy, and healthy. Let’s celebrate this holiday season by gifting peace of mind by practicing and encouraging safe medication storage.

Whether you realize it or not, the pain reliever or other prescription medications sitting on your shelf or countertop could be putting your family and friends at risk of accidental ingestion, overdose, or misuse that can lead to prescription drug addiction.

Many of today’s household medicine cabinets contain prescription opioid medications. Legal prescription opioids commonly prescribed by doctors to reduce pain after surgery or injury include oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine and morphine(1).

While opioid pain medications are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor1, the highly addictive drugs are being misused at a shocking rate. In fact, opioids are now one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in Washington state. More people die from overdose than from car crashes(2).

Opioid misuse affects people of all ages, but it is an increasingly concerning problem among Washington’s young people. According to the Healthy Youth Survey, almost 10 percent of teens surveyed in Washington State reported using a painkiller to get high in the past 30 days(3). This is one of the highest rates in the country.

In Southwest Washington —almost 11 percent of teens surveyed between the ages of 14 and 18 years old self-report use of opioids in the past 30 days and 19 percent self-report use of prescription drugs not prescribed for them(3) — this number could include your friends, neighbors and even family members.

These teens are likely getting the drugs from someone they know — 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them, usually taken from a friend or family member(4).

It’s an alarming fact. But one simple step — such as locking up medications — could help stop your prescription opioid or other prescription drugs from being misused by a family member or home visitor.

Protect your loved ones and lock up prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine in a safe, locked cabinet, medicine lockbox or other secure container. Be sure to keep pills in the original packaging to prevent confusion with other medications. And, finally, never share your prescription medication with others.

When you’re no longer taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication, promptly remove unused opioids and other medicine from your home by safely disposing of them at a permanent take-back location or by using a mail-back service. You can find a convenient take-back location or you can order mail-back envelopes with prepaid postage at

Opioid misuse is a statewide problem, but we all can play a role in the solution. Lock up your medications to help protect your teens and other loved ones from prescription drug misuse. Visit for more information.

*Sources: 1-National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2-Washington State Department of Health, 3-Healthy Youth Survey (2018), 4-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Seeking Partnerships with Home Builders, Property Managers, Realtors, Parents

Saving lives starts at home and can start with you! Substance misuse prevention coalitions from Southwest Washington are seeking local and nationwide partnerships with home builders, property managers, landlords, realtors, and parents wanting to invest in improving the safety and livability of the communities they live and work in by equipping all homes and apartments with a locking cabinet or lockbox to support and encourage safe medication storage as a healthy, normal part of life. Whether you sell or build homes, manage residential properties, or want to protect your loved ones, a small investment in a lock can make a huge impact in the lives of many and may save the life of someone you love.

In an effort to promote the safe and secure storage of prescription medications in Southwest Washington, a group of local home builders, property managers, and realtors are now purchasing and installing locking cabinets, drawers or lockboxes in each of the homes they build, manage, and sell. They are also using the Locks Save Lives Home Campaign Materials to inform and encourage others to establish safe medication storage as a standard health and safety practice. Among the first to join the “Locks Save Lives Home” campaign initiative are Tracy Doriot with Doriot Construction (Vancouver), Craig Lyons with Milestone Property Management (Vancouver/Portland) and Kim Salvesen-Pauly of Windermere Real Estate Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, WA). With the mission of establishing safe medication storage as a standard feature for all residential dwellings, these trailblazing industry partners are asking all business associates to join them in becoming Locks Save Lives Home partners by making a commitment to install a cabinet lock or lockbox in every home and apartment they build, renovate, sell, and rent.

“A lot of things builders get asked to do take tens of thousands of dollars, but a $10-15 lock is a minuscule cost that can have life-long implications,” said Tracy Doriot, owner of Doriot Construction.

Craig Lyons, CEO of Milestone Property Management, said that he is proud to be a Locks Save Lives Home partner because, “part of being a good property manager is caring for the safety of your residents, and installing a cabinet lock or lockbox to store medications is a really simple way to show you care.”

Want to learn how YOU can become a partner and establish safe medicine storage as a standard? Go to to become a partner today! Partnerships is as easy as 1). Commit 2). Implement 3). Share.

For questions about the Locks Save Lives Home campaign, email

Locks Save Lives Home Toolkit

The Locks Save Lives Home toolkit is free to download to use in your community and is designed for home builders, property managers, realtors, and prevention partners. Use the exclusive campaign logo and materials to inform​ and encourage locking up medications to reduce access to opioids and other prescription and over-the-counter medications to prevent accidental poisonings, overdose, and misuse that can lead to prescription drug addiction.


Enrollment now open for Remote Work Certificate Program

Registration is now open for the next cohort of the Remote Work Certificate Program, which equips rural residents with the skills they need to compete for remote work in the post-pandemic economy.

The course is offered monthly, takes about 30-hours to complete, is fully virtual and helps prepare participants to be effective remote workers. The pilot program was launched last summer and has since expanded into most of Eastern Washington. The program is scheduled to launch next in Lincoln, Whitman, and Spokane counties.

The next class begins in January 2022. Enrollment is now open and available to all Washington residents.

To learn more about this program and how it could work in your rural community, please contact Thomas Gill.

Rural Grant Progress

  • Policy: Attend our meeting on Dec. 9 to hear from guest speaker, Representative Alex Ramel to do a legislative Q&A.
  • Toolkit: The workgroup convenes to figure out what to build next.
  • Training: We're sending out a survey soon to decide on a location for the Rural Conference. Stay tuned!
  • Recruitment: We published a recruitment kit on the rural toolkit page. Find letter templates, emails, thank you cards, and post cards all tailored to different sectors.
  • Photo Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more photos.
  • Story Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more stories.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Survey Says...

It's survey season! Coalitions around Southwest Washington and the state implement a "community survey" every Fall / Winter that informs how coalitions select programs, how they are making a difference, and is an opportunity for citizens and community members to share their insight and knowledge on what's happening.

Each coalition has a minimum goal they are trying to reach in order for the survey data to be valid. This year, coalitions need your support more than ever because COVID creates barriers for getting survey responses. Prevent encourages you to participate if any of the surveys below match where you live, work, or play. Check with your local coalition to see if they're implementing a survey too! Visit this link for a map of coalitions across the state.


Southwest Region Events

Youth Advocacy Training

Tuesday, December 14 & Thursday, December 16

4-6:30 p.m.

Virtual - Register HERE

For Washington State youth interested in making a difference through advocacy and policy change

Prevent Coalition Office Hours

Tuesday, December 14

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For coalition members and partners to receive Technical Assistance and consultation.

Locks Save Lives Phase 2 Stakeholder Committee

Wednesday December 15

10-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

2022 Legislative Session

Monday, January 10, 2022

First day of regular legislative session in Washington State.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Next Meeting January 2022

Date & Time to be determined

Online conference call.

For Coalition Coordinators & staff in SW Washington.

SW Regional Network Meeting

Next Meeting January 2022

Date & Time to be determined

Online conference call.

For coalition stakeholders and sector representatives throughout SW Washington.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Rural Network Events

Rural Office Hours

Monday, December 6

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call.

For members to receive Technical Assistance and consultation.

Rural Network Meeting: Legislative Q&A

Thursday December 9

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For rural volunteers, representatives & leaders across Washington.

Rural Steering Committee

Tuesday, December 14

2-3 p.m.

Online conference call.

For Steering Committee Members of the network.

Rural Network Meeting: Winter Celebration

Tuesday December 28

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For rural volunteers, representatives & leaders across Washington.

Rural Office Hours

Wednesday, January 5

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call.

For members to receive Technical Assistance and consultation.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Thank You

About Prevent Coalition

Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Prevent Coalition is a community coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington state. As a community mobilizer, the coalition creates a culture promoting healthy choices; advocates for policies and regulations that protect, empowers and nurtures youth; and facilitates positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive.