October events, resources, opportunities, & more.


New Data Show More Than 2.5 Million U.S. Youth Currently Use E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released federal data from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) on e-cigarette use among U.S. youth. The study, which was conducted January-May 2022 using an online survey, shows that overall about 1 in 10 U.S. middle (3.3%) and high (14.1%) school students reported current (in the past 30 days) e-cigarette use. Among these youth e-cigarette users, nearly 85% reported using flavored e-cigarettes, and more than 1 in 4 (27.6%) reported daily use of an e-cigarette. In addition, FDA warned Puff Bar and issued denial to Hyde, two of the most popular brands with youth.

Read more about this story at

SW WA Prevention Groups Holding Drive-Thru Drug Take Back Events on October 29

Community youth substance use prevention coalitions, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations in Southwest Washington are collaborating to host drive‐thru drug take‐back events at seven different locations in Clark, Skamania and East Klickitat counties on Saturday, October 29, 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 one of the following event sites:

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 Police Department ‐ 1320 A St., Washougal
  • Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Dept. ‐ 31501 NW 31st Ave., Ridgefield

Skamania County:

  • Skamania County Sheriff ‐ 200 Vancouver Ave., Stevenson

East Klickitat County:

  • Klickitat County Court House ‐ 205 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale

Please note that the Peacehealth Southwest Urgent Care site is the only location accepting sharps and syringes (noncommercial sources only). Additionally, all event sites except the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department will collect vape pens and e‐cigarettes without batteries for disposal.

All prescription and over‐the‐counter medications including pills, liquids and inhalers will be accepted for free disposal at any of the drive‐thru disposal events. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted. Community‐based medicine take‐back events and year-round disposal programs are the only safe way to dispose of medication. Medicine should never be flushed or thrown in the trash, it pollutes the environment, our waterways, or could be taken by someone for whom it wasn’t prescribed.

Kelley Groen‐Sieckmann, Community Prevention Project Coordinator with Central Vancouver Coalition and ESD 112, said that “take back events are meant to promote safe medication disposal to reduce opioid and prescription misuse and prevent medication from ending up in our landfills and waterways.”

“Statistics show that 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them – usually taken from a friend or family member,” explains Groen‐Sieckmann. “However, simple steps like properly disposing of medications at a take back event, at a year-round disposal kiosk, or mail-back program, can help prevent misuse and overall decrease the spread of the opioid problem we are seeing in our region and across the country,” she added.

Medicine take‐back events in Southwest Washington are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority, law enforcement, and community partners. For more info about the event, visit If you’re unable to make it to the October 29th event, you can find a year-round medicine disposal kiosk or order envelopes to dispose of medicine by mail at


Youth Advocacy Training

The annual Use Your Voice: Youth Advocacy Training teaches youth group and prevention clubs how to advocate for policy changes, share their ideas with legislators, what to expect when testifying or attending a legislator meeting, and more! Understanding effective ways to get your point across and influence adults with your ideas is a key party of prevention strategies. Youth will leave this event with a template for speech building, an example outline for legislative hearings, and more.

When: December 7, 2022 @5:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661

(Virtual option available, contact event organizer)

Cost: Free!

Registration and More Information: To learn more visit

October is Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month is an observance to highlight the vital role of substance use prevention and to remember individuals who have lost their lives to substance misuse. We know that early intervention is vital for youth. Every year that substance use is delayed while the adolescent brain develops decreases the risk of addiction and substance misuse.

Recognizing the importance of prevention, President Joe Biden released a proclamation from The White House declaring October as Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. To view the proclamation from The White House visit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) gathered youth substance use prevention resources in recognition of Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. Visit to view the resources.

Healthy Lung Month

October is healthy lung month and an opportunity to educate how smoking and vaping can damage the lungs and lead to disease. More than 8 out of 10 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to smoking.

Take time to discover more about smoking and lung health during Healthy Lung Month via FDA Center for Tobacco Products:

Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31

The Red Ribbon campaign serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities, educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Ways to show support range from wearing red to facilitating events and activities that bring awareness to living a drug-free life.

Learn more and get ideas for Red Ribbon Week by visiting

Seeking Feedback About Youth Mental Health and Substance Use

Community Prevention & Wellness Initiative (CPWI) youth substance use prevention coalitions serve unique communities within the Southwest Washington Region. CPWI community coalitions are comprised of community members and organizations working together towards a common goal of building a safe, healthy and drug free community. Annually, CPWI community coalitions conduct a Community Survey to gather opinions and insight about youth mental health and substance use from adults living and working within corresponding school and zip code boundaries. Each coalition is required to collect a specific number of surveys based on the total population for their community. The feedback gathered from the Community Survey is included as part of CPWI community coalitions' needs assessments to help inform and support prevention programming for youth within CPWI communities.

If you live or work within the zip code boundaries listed below we encourage you to complete a Community Survey. The online survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous, and available in English and Spanish. Survey takers may skip any questions or stop the survey at any time. Feel free to share the survey links with friends and family to help diversify and expand the reach for the Community Surveys. CPWI Community Coalitions thank those who completed surveys and support the health and safety of youth and communities.

The online surveys will be available through November 15, 2022. To complete a survey, click on the Community Survey link below that corresponds to the zip code and school boundary for where you live or work:

Fort Vancouver High School - zip codes 98661, 98662, 98664

CPWI Coalition: Central Vancouver Coalition

Hudson’s Bay High School - zip codes 98660, 98661, 98663, 98665

CPWI Coalition: West Van for Youth

Washougal High School - zip codes 98671, 98682

CPWI Coalition: Unite! Washougal

Kelso School District – zip code98626

CPWI Coalition: Highlander HOPE Coalition

Longview School District – zip code 98632

CPWI Coalition: EPIC

Castle Rock School District - zip code 98611

CPWI Coalition: Castle Rock CARE Coalition


FDA Launches New Online Vaping Prevention and Education Resource Center

The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is announcing the launch of a Vaping Prevention and Education Resource Center. The online resource center provides science-based, standards-mapped materials that teachers can use to help their students understand the dangers associated with vaping and nicotine addiction.

  • Teachers will find lesson plans, interactive tools, infographics, and videos with tobacco facts and tips about how to teach teens about the dangers of vaping.
  • Parents will find fact sheets, videos, and resources to help them understand and recognize vapes, talk with their children, and keep the conversation going over time.
  • Students will find real-life stories and relatable content to help them understand vaping, nicotine addiction, common myths about vapes, and how to say no to vaping.

Access is free after creating an account.

To access this resource visit the Tobacco Education Resource Library website.

Washington State Quitline Materials Now Available in Multiple Languages

The Washington State Department of Health has produced a series of materials in multiple languages for partners to promote the Washington State Quitline and help people quit commercial tobacco and nicotine for good.

Materials include:

  • Posters in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer/Cambodian, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Korean, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
  • Wallet cards in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer/Cambodian, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Korean, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
  • Rack cards in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer/Cambodian, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Korean, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
  • 15-second videos (x4) in English and Spanish: The videos can be used on digital platforms, broadcast television stations, and in theaters in Washington State through March 27, 2023
  • A 30-second radio ad in English and Spanish: The radio ads can be used on digital and broadcast radio stations in Washington State through March 16, 2024
  • Billboards (x4) in English and Spanish: There are four billboards in each language. There are no rights restrictions on their use.
  • Social content for Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn in English and Spanish: There is a series of images and supporting social copy formatted for each platform. There are no rights restrictions on their use.

Access the toolkit here:

Overdose - Prevention, Harm Reduction, & Treatment Webinar Series

The Washington Poison Center seeks to open dialogue, de-stigmatize, and ensure everyone is aware of the help available in communities for overdose prevention. They created thorough presentations that explore unintentional and intentional factors that can lead to overdose, how to respond to different overdose situations, how to prevent and reduce harm from overdose, and how to access resources and treatment in the state of Washington.

To watch the presentations visit Washington Poison Center website.

Research-Based Information About College Drinking

Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the lives of students on campuses across the United States. According to a national survey, almost 53 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month and about 33 percent engaged in binge drinking during that same time frame. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has research-based information on college drinking, its impact, and prevention strategies.

Visit the NIAAA website for more information about underage college drinking.

Visit the NIAAA website to learn more about all alcohol prevention topics.

E-Cigarette Policy Playbook Updated

(E40)The Public Health Law Center, the Vaping Prevention Resource, and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have updated their 2020 policy playbook for e-cigarettes. The playbook assists public health practitioners in adopting state and local policies to address e-cigarette use. This new release includes policy and advocacy tools for communities addressing e-cigarette use.

The resource is available on the Public Health Law Center website.

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.

Access this resource at

Interested in Volunteering? Two New Committees Forming.

Making the Connection Committee:

The "Making the Connection" toolkit was developed in 2018 with the goal of changing the conversation about substance abuse by talking WITH youth and not AT youth. A new commercial tobacco and vaping prevention module is needed to expand the toolkit content and add training materials that the community has requested. Committee volunteers are needed to help guide the development of this module. If you would like to lend your voice and talents to this project, please contact

Parent-Directed Campaign Committee:

Help build a local campaign to enable parents to understand and utilize their influence over youth, or share relevant prevention information tailored to their needs. This campaign will be informed by the latest needs assessment data and community input. If you’re interested in design, developing key messages, sorting out data, and more, contact to get involved.

*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

First Washington Rural Conference Held in Yakima, WA

Story by Mika Yoshida, ESD 112. Pictures by Melissa Burt, ESD 112.

In late September, Prevent Coalition’s Rural Network hosted its inaugural conference in Yakima, Washington, celebrating this year’s theme, “Connections and New Beginnings”. The Rural Network formed just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the conference was the first time that the 71 participants, representing rural communities from across Washington state, were able to gather in person to connect with their prevention peers.

“It was so wonderful to be able to get together with other Rural Network members who I haven’t seen in-person in years, and folks I had never met,” said Sarah Meyers, a volunteer from Garfield County. “I was so grateful for the opportunity, and it truly did feel like a ‘new beginning’. I can’t wait for what’s in store for us this year with the Rural Network!”

The Rural Network is comprised of a group of volunteers and leaders who work towards building resiliency and preventing youth substance misuse in rural communities across the state, and is comprised of a coalition of parents, educators, business owners, medical professionals, law enforcement, government and faith-based organizations, and concerned citizens. The Rural Network connects communities through monthly meetings, supports partners and coalitions through strategizing efforts and collaboration, develops resources for rural coalitions using an online toolkit, and works to change policies through advocacy work, and the promotion of rural equity.

During the conference, attendees collaborated on strategies for youth engagement, supporting rural schools, sustainability initiatives, and the Strategic Prevention Framework. They learned how organizations and volunteers can work together to create lasting community change, and how people can support their communities with positive interventions that offset population risks. Attendees were given the opportunity to map out their local community and identify resources, sources of resilience, and identify areas of concern where they could focus on future strategies and action plans. Based on the success of the inaugural conference, the Rural Network plans to host another conference again in the future.

“This conference was a launching point for the rest of the work we do together,” said Christopher Belisle, Prevention and Youth Services Manager at ESD 112. “It inspired us for what's to come and empowered us with amazing face-to-face connections and memories. Looking ahead, we'll be updating several prevention campaigns with rural elements, and are eager to partner with rural youth groups to offer resources for advocacy and connect them to legislators for policy discussions.”

The Rural Network is an initiative of Prevent, funded by the Commercial Cannabis & Tobacco Prevention Program (YCCTPP of the Washington State Department of Health, in addition to other state and federal grants. Support comes from the fiscal agent, Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112)

Rural Grant Progress

  • Assess Data: We've created a contract with Clark County Public Health to offer Epidemiology support and implement parts of the action plan. They will offer several data trainings to the network, build an online visual data portal, and more.
  • Build Toolkit: In October we're hosting a workgroup meeting to update the Find Your Good campaign with rural elements, captions, and images. We'll create a plan to survey rural youth for input.
  • Change Policy: Our goal this year is to connect rural youth groups and coalitions to legislators during Rural Network meetings. November - February we'll focus on gathering youth volunteers, training on policy, and preparing for legislative meet and greets.
  • Offer Training: Thank you for attending the Rural Conference. Access materials and slideshow PDF's at the website hub. You may also access the evaluation from this page.
  • Offer Training: We're hosting a virtual Youth Advocacy Training statewide again on December 7 and December 8. This event is coordinated in partnership with Teens for Tomorrow and Prevention Voices. Stay tuned for more information. Click here to register online for Day 1 and here to register for Day 2.
  • Promote Equity: The Steering Committee has been reviewing assessment information and analyzing the network through an equity lens, creating goals for improvement and reducing barriers for participation. They submit an Equity Plan to funders in September.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Southwest Region Events

SW Regional Network Meeting

Thursday, October 13, 2022

2:00 -3:00 p.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest regional network members.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest region coalition coordinators.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 29, 2022

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

In-person event held in multiple locations.

Visit event website.

Prevention Summit Viewing Party

November 8, 2022

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


November 9, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

Youth will be able to watch a live stream of the conference together and strategize as a community. Opportunity for youth to meet other youth in the area.

CCPH Healthy Youth Survey Training

November 15, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Virtual 1 hour training (by invitation).

How to talk about HYS data, information about reliability, trustworthiness, and how to be effective advocates of the tool.

Youth Advocacy Training

December 7 & 8, 2022

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

Learn skills related to using your voice, policy change, and being effective youth advocates.

CCPH Qualitative Data Training

March 14, 2023

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

Six hour training, receive tools and procedures for qualitative data gathering strategies.

Teens Care Too Summit

April 11, 2023

Time TBD

Location: ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

After several years of cancelation this event aims to return as an all day training hosted by CADCA! This day-long event focuses on youth empowerment, advocacy, policy, and prevention basics. Likely to be a one-of-a-kind event!

Rural Network Events

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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:


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.

View ongoing training and events at


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.

2022 Prevention Summit

Where: Virtual and in-person - Yakima, WA

When: November 8-9, 2022

Cost: Adults $100, Youth Participants $50, Chaperones $75

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

More Information: Visit

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 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

Visit for registration information.

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

Where: Wenatchee, WA

When: October 11-13, 2022

Registration: Visit

More Information: Visit

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

Exploring Your BIGNEXT Journey - The Montana Institute

Are you ready to connect or reconnect with your deeper calling? Hungry to improve your effectiveness as a leader? Passionate about increasing your impact on your community? Then the time is right to start Exploring Your BIGNEXT Journey.

This eight-week workshop will foster authentic reflection, promote deep connection, and create the space for your BIGNEXT calling to emerge. Participants will be part of a collective experience and will be inspired, challenged, and cheered on by the other leaders in the workshop. Led by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Director of The Montana Institute.

Where: Virtual

When: 8 weeks, November 1st to December 21st, 2022

Registration and Information: Visit

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.