September events, resources, opportunities, & more.


Marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults reached all-time high in 2021

Marijuana and hallucinogen use in the past year reported by young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared to five and 10 years ago, reaching historic highs in this age group since 1988, according to the Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study.

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(National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Click here to download the MTF report.


Juul to pay nearly $440M to settle with over 30 states after teen vaping probe

Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs will pay nearly $440 million to settle a two-year investigation by 33 states into the marketing of its high-nicotine vaping products, which have long been blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. Oregon will receive at least $18.8 million in the settlement. Washington State is not a party in this most recent settlement. In mid-April this year, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that JUUL must pay $22.5 million to resolve Ferguson’s lawsuit against the e-cigarette company.

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DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.

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Time To Start Talking about Pre-Addiction

Addiction and treatment professionals are considering new methods of early detection and support of those in the early stages of substance use disorder that, if untreated, may lead them to develop a severe health condition—addiction. Identification of “pre-addiction” as an early condition of addiction could motivate greater attention to the risks associated with early-stage substance use disorder and help marshal the policies and healthcare resources that will support preventive and early intervention measures.

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*If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction to opioids, now is the time to get help. Programs are available across Washington state to help you live an opioid-free life. Find out more at or Washington State residents can call the Washington Recovery Helpline at 866-789-1511 for confidential crisis intervention and treatment referral services.
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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide prevention month provides an opportunity to create awareness, implement suicide prevention in social networks and communities, and help those in need. There are an average of 123 suicides each day in this country. It’s the tenth leading cause of death in America — second leading for ages 25-34, and third leading for ages 15-24. Participate by educating others, getting involved with local organizations, and listening to those who need help.

Resources! (click link below to visit resource website):

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Rural Prevention Conference 2022

Experience two days of learning, networking, and solution-building focused on substance misuse prevention in rural Washington State communities at the inaugural Rural Prevention Conference, held at the Yakima Convention Center, September 22 – 23, 2022. This conference is designed for community leaders, residents, and professionals who seek to create a stronger Washington State. No former experience or association with the Rural Prevention program is necessary – all who are interested are welcome to register and attend.

Registration is FREE (although attendance is capped at the first 100 to register), and teachers can earn seven professional clock hours by attending, for a nominal fee.

For more details or register for the conference, please visit:

Where: In-Person - Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 12 – 4 p.m.

& Friday, September 23, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event Website: Click here to visit event website

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Let's Talk About Vaping

As kids head back to school, American Lung Association is making a nationwide push for parents to talk to their middle schoolers about the dangers of vaping.

Parents can play a significant role in protecting their child from the dangers of vaping and nicotine dependence. American Lung Association provides the resources below as a framework for having a productive conversation:

FDA Toolkit About Vaping and E-Cigarettes for Professionals Working With Youth

E-cigarette use among youth remains a problem, and this toolkit provides vital information to help you educate your communities about e-cigarettes and their effects on youth. Get the facts about youth vaping in FDA’s new toolkit, including:

  • What are e-cigarettes?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of nicotine addiction?
  • How can adults help teens quit vaping?

Click here to download resource.

Can You Spot the Signs of Nicotine Poisoning?

The new school school year is upon us and vaping is likely to occur on campuses once again. Do you know how to recognize the signs of nicotine poisoning? 3rd Millennium Classrooms created an infographic that describes the two phases of nicotine poisoning and what to do. 3rd Millennium is providing this resource to assist school staff, parents, and anyone who works with youth.

Click here to download the infographic.

Free Online Mental Health Awareness Tool For 18-29 Year-olds

This anonymous program developed at the University of Washington was designed to be a private, personal, self-check in for young adults ages 18-29 in Washington (though anyone 18 and older may take it). It provides tailored information designed to promote reflection on feelings, learn coping strategies, and improve health and well-being. It can be accessed 24/7 from any device with an internet browser.

There are no costs to anyone who accesses the program. The program is sponsored by the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Click here to access the website.

CADCA Releases Advocacy Toolkit

This guide will teaches how to engage in advocacy for substance use prevention, but the principles covered can be applied to any advocacy effort at any level of government. The guide explains how to be a vocal, visible and valuable advocate and gives an overview of the difference between education and lobbying. It provides guidance for developing an effective advocacy strategy. It explains the federal legislative process and will help you prepare to meet with legislators. Even if you are unable to travel to Washington, DC or to your state capitol, the guide offers information on other types of advocacy activities.

Click here to visit the toolkit website!

*Storing medicine in a locked location is the single most effective deterrent to accidental poisonings, overdose, medicine theft, and misuse that can lead to prescription drug addiction. Stay informed and talk with loved ones about the risks for ingesting or taking medicine not prescribed for them and benefits of safeguarding your medications. Learn more at

Rural Grant Progress

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Southwest Region Events

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 2022

9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest region coalition coordinators.

Locks Save Lives Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 29, 2022

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In-person event held in multiple locations, TBD

Visit event website.

Rural Network Events

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday, September 27

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

For Rural Network members and stakeholders.

All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Relevant events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

ASCOT Webinars

Arts and Science of Community Organizing Training (6-day training)

Tuesdays, September 20 - October 25, 2022

Virtual (Webinar)

Visit registration webpage.

ADAI Symposium

High-THC Cannabis in Legal Regulated Markets

September16, 2022 -8.300am-5:00pm

Virtual & In-Person Option. (UW Tower, 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA)

Visit event webpage.

2022 Multicultural Fair

September 17, 2022 -11:00am-3:00pm

Clark College, Gaiser Hall, Vancouver, WA

"Reuniting, Reconnecting, Revitalizing"

Visit event webpage.

View event flyer.

Bridging the Gaps, Direct Connect Event

September17, 2022 -10:00am-2:00pm

Bridgeview Resource Center, 505 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA

"An opportunity for community organizations to gather

together and provide assistance directly to those in need"

View event flyer.


Ethics in Prevention Foundations

(Virtually moderated 6-hour course)

Repeats monthly, visit website for next session!

No Fee, Limited Space Available

This two-week, asynchronous moderated course, adapted from the original SAMHSA Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) course, explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants. Course meets requirements for prevention specialist credentialing.

Visit the registration website.


Cannabis Pharmacology for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners

(Self-paced course)

NEW 3-part (4.5 hour) cannabis pharmacology series from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Cannabis Prevention Working Group. Review updated, science-based information on cannabis to better-equip prevention professionals & coalitions to serve their communities.

Registration and training via the website.


Pharmacology for Prevention Professionals

(Self-paced course)

Explore the basics of how substances impact major brain regions and the acute and chronic symptoms associated with different substances. Certificates of 1.5 hours for each of the following four courses: Basics of Pharmacology and Alcohol, Basics of Pharmacology and Opioids, Basics of Pharmacology and Psychostimulants (Cocaine & Methamphetamine), and Basics of Pharmacology and Cannabis.

Learn more and enroll via the website.

Cannabis Action Conference, Sept. 20-21

Where: Virtual

When: September 20-21, 2022

Registration and Information:

The fifth annual CannAct Conference (formerly Public Health-Marijuana Summit) brings public health professionals, prevention specialists, equity advocates, public safety professionals, tobacco prevention professionals, partners, and other advocates together virtually to discuss the new and changing legalized cannabis landscape in our communities. The conference focus is policy, system and environmental change.

2022 Prevention Summit

Where: Virtual and in-person - Yakima, WA

When: November 8-9, 2022

Registration: Not yet open (as of Sept. 8, 2022)

More Information: Visit event webpage (

The Prevention Summit is an enriching training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers, and professionals engaged in health promotion and the prevention of substance misuse, violence, and other high-risk behaviors, in a setting that promotes cultural humility. The 2022 conference is still under development. More information will be available in future newsletters, or visit the event website for updates.

CADCA National Leadership Forum: January 30 - February 2, 2023

When is CADCA's National Leadership Forum?

Forum occurs Monday, Januray 30 - Thursday, February 2, 2023

Where is Forum being held?

Forum will take place at Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD.

Who attends Forum?

Educators | Faith Leaders | Individuals in Recovery | Justice Personnel | Law Enforcement | Mental Health Consumers | Military and Military Families | Parents | Prevention Specialists | Public Health Professionals | Researchers | State and Local Coalition Leaders | Substance Use & Mental Health Professionals | Treatment Providers | Youth

Forum Offers:

  • Training from top experts in the field
  • Information, tools and strategies to take your prevention work to the next level
  • The latest science, news and trends on substance misuse issues
  • The opportunity to network with thousands of advocates passionate about prevention
  • Specialized youth leadership training

Click HERE for registration information.

Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) Annual Conference for Health 2022

Where: Wenatchee, WA

When: October 11-13, 2022

Registration: Click here to visit registration website.

More Information: Visit event webpage

"Identity, Diversity, Belonging - Facilitating an end to systemic injustices"

3rd National Menthol Conference: Finishing the Fight!

Where: Marriott Marquis, Washington DC

When: September 28-30, 2022

Registration: Click here to visit registration website.

More Information: Visit event webpage

The 3rd National Menthol Conference will bring together tobacco control advocates, community leaders, researchers, students, elected officials, public health professionals, foundations, coalitions, and health departments from across the country to provide a national roadmap and marching orders in the effort to achieve the final goal of removing flavored tobacco products from the market once and for all.

A limited number of partial and full travel scholarships are available. Please email Ernesta Wright at, to request an application.

Re-Imagining Behavioral Health: Race Equity and Social Justice Conference

Where: Virtual

When: September 29-30, 2022

Cost: FREE!

Registration: Click here to visit registration website.

More Information: Visit event webpage

Conference will explore the intersectionality of substance use disorders, mental health, and social justice. The 2-half day virtual conference is designed to empower individuals and teams who want to advance health equity and support diversity and inclusion in behavioral health care. Attending the conference provides an opportunity to connect with others and join in a meaningful conversation about healing racial trauma, dismantling racism, combating systemic racism and social injustices through the lens of mental health and substance use issues.

Thank You.

Connection is the Best Prevention

Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Prevent is a regional 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.