October events, resources, opportunities, & more.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 23

Community prevention coalitions, law enforcement and several partnering organizations are holding drive-thru drug take back events at seven sites in Southwest Washington on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members are encouraged to bring their unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for safe, free disposal to any of the seven event sites in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in their vehicles and use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted and expired medications. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing and disinfecting.

Drug Take Back Event locations:

Clark County

· PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver

· Kaiser Permanente – Orchards, 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver

· Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground

· Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal

· Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department, 31501 NW 31st Ave., Ridgefield (La Center Exit I5, south of ilani Casino)

Skamania County

· Skamania County Sheriff, 200 Vancouver Ave, Stevenson

Klickitat County

· Goldendale United Methodist Church, 109 E. Broadway (church parking lot), Goldendale

Prescription and over-the-counter medication

Unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications including pills, liquids, and inhalers will be accepted for safe, free disposal at all seven event locations in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed.

Medications not in original containers will also be accepted.

Sharps and syringes

Noncommercial Sharps and syringes will only be accepted at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care

event site in Clark County. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container. WARNING-SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE.

Vape pens and e-cigarettes

All event sites except Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department will be collecting vape pens and e-cigarettes without batteries for safe free disposal. If batteries aren’t removable, ask electronic chain stores or local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations if they accept these devices for disposal and for extra guidance on proper disposal.

Medicine take back events in Southwest Washington are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority.

For more information, visit or email Kelley Groen-Sieckmann at

Unable to drop- off your medicine for proper disposal at one of the six event sites on October 23rd? No problem! There are a variety of community-based medicine disposal kiosks open all

year-round. To find a kiosk in your area, visit the Convenient Locations section of Mail-back medicine disposal services are also available in Washington state. To order a free mail-back package, visit the Mail-Back section of Do not place medicines in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Medication not disposed of properly ends up in the

Click on links to download Event Flyers

Clark County Events – English

Clark County Events – Spanish

Clark County Events - Russian

Skamania County Event – English

Klickitat County Event – English

*If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction to opioids, now is the time to get help. Opioids are now one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in Washington State and more people die from overdose than from car crashes. The Starts with One campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal. To learn more about what you can do or to find help for you or someone you know suffering from addiction to opioids go to

Presidential Proclamation on National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

Excerpt from the White House:

"Far too many families across our Nation have been impacted by addiction and the overdose epidemic. In 2020, more than 93,000 people died from an overdose — 93,000 families forced to bury a piece of their souls. The impact of this crisis echoes in communities across the Nation, in the empty chairs in classrooms and around kitchen tables. During National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to helping America’s youth overcome this epidemic and lead healthy, fulfilling lives."

Click here to read the full proclamation.

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Printer-Friendly Cannabis Conversations Available in Spanish

Both full-color, and more printer-friendly black and white PDF's are available for all modules of the Cannabis Conversations toolkit.

The Cannabis Conversations toolkit gives tips to adults on starting prevention talks with youth about marijuana. These conversation-starter ideas are open to all adults including parents, educators, healthcare professionals, aunts, uncles, youth leaders and more.

The toolkit includes guides for:

  • Cannabis 101: The Basics
  • For adults with youth ages 8-12
  • For adults with youth ages 13–17
  • For ages 18–21.

Learn more and access the toolkit.

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Where to Turn for Teens is Now Digital

Where to Turn for Teens is a catalogue of resources throughout the state for providers to refer or direct young people/youth. Categories include: Alcohol/Drugs & Substance Use, Mental Health, Physical Health, Abuse/Maltreatment of Minors, Legal Services and Community Support, Shelter/Food & Hygiene, Education, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities.

You can also order printed booklets for your school.

Learn more at

Learn about marijuana. Get information, get help.

Learn About Marijuana Washington

Learn About Marijuana is a resource hub of science based information for the general public. Developed by the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI), this resource includes:

  • Topics, from Modes of Use to Addiction and more
  • Consumer FAQ
  • Video Education
  • Medical Cannabis Online Training
  • Get Help


Integrating Commercial Tobacco Treatment in Behavioral Health

Summer Webinar Series Recordings Published

This Summer, Washington State Health Care Authority and Washington State Department of Health in partnership with ESD 112 hosted a series of webinars for the prevention, public health, and behavioral health community surrounding tobacco, addiction, and prevention. These webinars featured national guest speakers and experts in the field who created trainings tailored to our needs in Washington.

Recordings are now all published online and archived. You can view them at your own pace online at

Webinar Topics:

  • The Need for Addressing Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings

  • Changing the Treatment System Environment to Better Address Tobacco

  • Quitline Services & Referrals

  • Evidence-based Tobacco Treatment Pharmacotherapy for Use in Behavioral Health Settings

  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Tobacco Use Disorder

  • Treating Youth Tobacco Use

  • Treating Tobacco Dependence in Corrections Settings

Despite enormous progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and imposes a terrible toll on families, businesses and government. Anti-smoking efforts have not been directed toward people with behavioral health conditions as they have toward the general population resulting in tobacco-related disparities.

This webinar series is ideal for behavioral health professionals, tobacco use dependence treatment (TUDT) professionals, tobacco intervention specialists, or any public health professional who is interested in strengthening their knowledge and skills.

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Locks Save Lives Home

Prevent Coalition Seeks Home Builder & Property Manager Partnerships for Locks Save Lives Home Campaign

In an effort to promote the safe and secure storage of prescription medications, 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.

Doriot Construction (Vancouver), Milestone Property Management (Vancouver/Portland) and Kim Salvesen-Pauly of Windermere Real Estate Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, WA) are among the first to join the “Locks Save Lives Home” campaign as industry partners.

“Safe medication storage benefits everyone’s health and well-being and is the single-most effective deterrent to accidental poisonings, overdose, medicine theft and misuse,” explained Kelley Groen-Sieckmann of Vancouver’s Prevent Coalition, developers of the Locks Save Lives Home campaign. “When you choose to become a Locks Save Lives Home partner, you invest in saving lives and prioritize safety by making safe medication storage easy and a standard for all families.”

Those involved in the campaign are now encouraging others in the residential development and home-building industry to join the Locks Save Lives Home movement and make a positive impact in the health and well-being of the community.

“A lot of things builders get asked to do take tens of thousands of dollars, but a $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.”

With Locks Save Lives Home, we are seeking local and nationwide partnerships with residential builders, realtors and property managers wanting to invest in saving lives by making safe medication storage easy and a standard for all families. Visit and become a partner today!

Funding for Locks Save Lives Home is provided by a State Opioid Response Grant from Washington State Health Care Authority.

Supporting the Locks Save Lives Home campaign is a 19-member stakeholder committee comprised of home builders, property managers, realtors, and those in substance misuse prevention, healthcare and education.


  • Tracy Doriot, Doriot Construction
  • Angela Riddle, Vancouver Housing Authority
  • Kim Salvesen-Pauly, Windermere Real Estate Columbia River Gorge
  • Craig Lyons, Milestone Property Management
  • Aideet Pineda, Molina Healthcare
  • Leeanne O’Neil, Amerigroup
  • Marcy Sprecher, Rocksolid Teen Center
  • Kris Soske, La Center United
  • Mercedes Zahler, La Center United
  • Karen Douglass, One Prevention Alliance
  • Sunday Sutton, Coalition for Preventing Abuse in Klickitat County
  • James Tuning, Klickitat Valley Health
  • Katherine Zavala, Central Vancouver Coalition
  • Jennifer Kirby, Prevent Together Battle Ground Prevention Alliance
  • Margaret McCarthy, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
  • Vitali Turlac, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
  • Joy Lyons, ESD 112
  • Nick Shanmac, Kalama School District
  • Kelley Groen-Sieckmann, Prevent Coalition

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.

Addressing Tobacco Use in Veterans with Disabilities

The Veterans Training Support Center through the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs, is conducting a needs assessment and research. They are seeking relevant partners and stakeholders who can inform their work to reduce tobacco use by Veterans with disabilities in Washington State.

For more information, contact Tom Hove at Tom.Hove@DVA.WA.GOV or visit Veterans Training Support Center (VTSC) | WDVA (

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Registration Available for Virtual Prevention Summit

Register Today!

Join the Virtual WA State Prevention Summit!

Date: November 2 - 3, 2021

This virtual experience will be complete with workshops, keynotes, networking, exhibitors, and much more!

Adult Track Schedule

Youth Track Schedule


Click here to register.

Registration deadline: October 22, 2021


The goal of the Prevention Summit is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care.

For more information, visit our website at


Training: Use Data to Address Rural Health Disparities

Hearing a Need

Rural public health professionals across the Northwest voiced a need for better access to data that is easy to review and helps identify health inequities issues within the communities they serve. Data can provide insight for decision making and priority-setting and strengthens requests for funding to support communities.

Training Overview

This free training series, known as Addressing and Communicating About Rural Health Disparities with Data, is designed to increase understanding of population health concepts and help public health professionals develop skills and confidence in effectively communicating with data, including sharing data visually in charts and graphs.

The training is part of a five-year, collaborative project with public health professionals in the Pacific Northwest so they can more effectively identify, address, and communicate about health disparities in the rural communities they serve.

It is designed with and for public health professionals serving rural communities in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state). Module content primarily focuses on rural health disparities. The information and approaches highlighted in the modules are also transferable to a variety of public health contexts.

Training Details

Dates: October 12 – November 10, 2021

Time: Approx. 7 hours total

Cost: Free

Format: Self-Paced Courses and Live, Virtual Training

This training series starts with asynchronous training modules and is followed by a live, virtual training. There are three training modules that will each take about one hour to complete and should be done before the live trainings. The live, virtual trainings will be two-hour sessions on November 8 and 10.

Participants will be emailed a 5-minute survey before starting the modules and a 15-minute survey after completing the final live training session.

Enroll today. Registration closes Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Questions? Contact Greg Whitman.

Tobacco Prevention Campaigns for Rural Teens

Shared by Rescue Agency:

Rural teens are disproportionately more likely to use tobacco products due to factors like a pro-tobacco policy environment and dedicated tobacco industry marketing. This had led to greater health consequences in rural areas due to tobacco use.

Though this has been a problem for several years, many public health campaigns have struggled to effectively address this challenge in the past. We can use behavior change marketing to break the association between tobacco use and rural lifestyles.

In this educational video, learn how to develop effective vaping, chew and smoking prevention campaigns for rural teens.

Click here to read more.

Visit the new Rescue Resource Center.

Rural Teen Vaping, Chew, and Smoking Prevention

Rural Grant Progress

  • Photo Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more photos.
  • Story Toolkit: Published! You may still submit more stories.
  • Website: We've uploaded our Making the Connection & Cannabis Conversation toolkits to our Youth Now website - translated to Spanish.
  • Map: We'll update our stakeholder map with 2020 Census Data after it's released in Winter.
  • Assessment: The Healthy Youth Survey begins in October! We'll analyze this data in Spring.
  • Professional Development: The Conference Workgroup will plan this training event.
  • Recruitment: We are developing a "recruitment toolkit" for the website. Stay tuned!

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Southwest Region Events

Locks Save Lives Phase 2 Stakeholder Committee

Wednesday October 20

10-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

Drive Thru Drug Take Back Events

Saturday October 25

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

7 Locations in SW Washington.

For anyone who wants free disposal of unused, expired or unwanted medication/sharps/needles.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Date & Time to be determined.

Online conference call.

For Coalition Coordinators & staff in SW Washington.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Rural Network Events

Rural Office Hours

Wednesday October 6

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call.

For members to receive Technical Assistance and consultation.

Rural Steering Committee

Monday October 11

10-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For Steering Committee Members of the network.

Rural Conference Workgroup

Click here for a poll to schedule our meeting.

1-2 p.m.

For those interested in planning a statewide rural training conference.

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday October 26

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For rural volunteers, representatives & leaders across Washington.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Relevant events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

11/2 - 11/3: Washington State Prevention Summit

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.