June events, resources, opportunities, & more.


Washington County Voters Uphold Strict Flavored Nicotine Ban

Last month voters in Washington County, Oregon upheld a ban on flavored nicotine products, rejecting by a wide margin an attempt to overturn the ban, spearheaded by convenience store chain Plaid Pantry. Washington County’s flavored nicotine ban is the latest example of efforts to curtail nicotine and tobacco use.

Read the local report here.

Read the Tobacco Free Kids news release here.

National Fentanyl Awareness Day - Administrator Milgram PSA

DEA Recognizes First Ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day


In an effort to save lives, DEA is proud to join “Song for Charlie” and many of our valued public health, non-profit, and law enforcement partners in recognizing the first ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day. This day is an effort to educate individuals around the dangerous threat that fentanyl poses to the safety, health, and national security of the American people.

To mark National Fentanyl Awareness Day, DEA released a video announcement from DEA Administrator Anne Milgram stressing the dangers of fentanyl and the need for urgent action.

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at unprecedented rates,” said Milgram. “On this first-ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day, please help save lives by making sure you talk with your friends and family about the dangers of this deadly drug.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is inexpensive, widely available, and highly addictive. Drug traffickers are increasingly mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs—in powder and pill form—to drive addiction and create repeat customers. Many people who are overdosing and dying don’t even know that they are taking fentanyl.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, nearly 107,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021. Sixty-six percent of overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

DEA has created a special exhibit for its museum, The Faces of Fentanyl, to commemorate the lives lost from fentanyl poisoning. If you would like to submit a photo of a loved one lost to fentanyl, please submit their name and photo to, or post a photo and their name to social media using the hashtag #NationalFentanylAwarenessDay. For more information on the dangers of fentanyl and DEA resources, visit

** 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. To access support and information about effective treatment near you, call or text the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1.866.789.1511. Call 24/7/365 or Text M-F 9am-9pm.

Statewide Naloxone Mail Order Program Launched

A statewide mail order Naloxone program, facilitated by the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) allows any WA State resident that has a mailing address outside of King County to request up to two free nasal naloxone kits on an as-needed basis. Do you have naloxone (a.k.a. Narcan) in your first aid kit?

Naloxone is given when opioid overdose happens or has possibly happened. It can reverse an overdose & provide crucial time for emergency medical responders to arrive to render further aid.

Access the order forms here in English or Spanish. Visit the PHRA website for more information, training, FAQ's, and how to order.

Overdose Resources

Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) provides a website on responding to and preventing opioid overdose ( They have released two new youth-focused resource pages:

Youth overdose education

Facts, tips, and info for young people on opioid overdose.

Schools, overdose education, and naloxone
Strategies for schools to reduce overdose deaths and access naloxone. provides resources, education, training videos, and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington State who want to learn to prevent and respond to overdose, and improve the health of people who use drugs.

Youth Ideas From 2022 Spring Youth Forum

Youth prevention teams from around Washington State collaborated and composed innovative solutions to help prevent substance use disorder and encourage healthy life-long decisions among their peers. The image above is a copy of the visual poster (designed by Ink Factory) that captures these solutions in a graphically pleasing display. It demonstrates the value of youth input and provides a road map for local youth prevention groups.

Information about past Youth Forum events is available on the Spring Youth Forum website.

Summer Bucket List

June brings with it the beginning of summer. It is a time for graduation, the school year coming to an end, and excited youth transitioning to summer endeavors. Statistics show summer is also a time of increased drug and alcohol use by teens and young adults.

Providing teens and young adults with healthy alternatives is a proven way to help prevent substance use. Therefore, we proudly re-share an infographic created in 2021 by La Center United Coalition titled, "100 Ways to Celebrate Summer - Inspiring Hope Summer Bucket List." We hope this infographic will inspire coalitions, community members, youth and families to have a safe and healthy summer!


Implicit Bias Training - Discovering and Overcoming Your Unconscious Bias

Do You Really Know the Community You Serve?

This workshop has break-out groups, class participation, and activities to challenge yourself to replace those old, preconceived thoughts and feelings, thereby creating new habits to serve your community more effectively. Valuable for coalition coordinators and community leaders. Lunch and refreshments provided!

Where: In-Person - ESD 112 Conference Center, 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA

When: Friday, June 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST

Cost: Free!

Registration: Registration required. Click here to register.

More Information: email Jesse Jimenez (

Keep your loved ones safe: start talking about the risks of opioids

Keep Loved Ones Safe With One Honest Conversation, One Simple Step

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 to make a difference in preventing opioid misuse, overdose prevention, or to find help for you or someone you know with an opioid addiction go to

If you're in Clark, Skamania, or Klickitat counties, contact Kelley Groen-Sieckmann to request Starts with One printed materials in English, Spanish, and Russian and include rack cards, posters, and stickers (while supplies last). Ways to share the materials include asking a local pharmacy or medical provider to hand them out with each opioid prescription that’s filled or prescribed, to share and inform parents about the dangers of prescription and nonprescription opioids, and as a conversation starter for parents to have important conversations with kids about the risks of misusing and abusing prescription opioids and other substances.

Have you heard about Locks Save Lives?

Do you know a home builder, developer, property manager, landlord, or real estate professional who would like to invest in saving lives? Become a trailblazer and make a huge impact in your community by asking people in the housing and rental industries to invest in saving lives by equipping the homes they build, manage, or sell with a locking cabinet or permanent lock box so families have a safe and secure place to store medications.

Medications stored in a locked location is the single most effective deterrent to preventing accidental ingestion, overdose and misuse that can lead to prescription drug addiction. Act now and start saving lives today!

Visit or send email inquiries to

Two Easy Ways To Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Medicines in SW Washington

As of May 13, 2022, Inmar Intelligence an experienced drug stewardship operator and regulatory company has received approval for Washington’s Safe Medication Return program. Inmar is joining the MED-Project as the second provider of medicine disposal kiosks under the Washington’s Safe Medication Return program. State residents will soon gain access to the benefits of Inmar’s consumer drug take-back initiative, helping to fight drug misuse and abuse, accidental poisonings, and environmental damage through proper disposal options for unused medication.

MED-Project and Inmar medicine disposal kiosks can be installed for free at pharmacies or law enforcement agencies throughout Washington State, making it easy and accessible for consumers to dispose of unused, expired, and unwanted medications at no cost to them. Disposing of medications at a take-back program helps to keep these potentially dangerous substances out of the environment and our drinking water.

For more information about MED-Project kiosks or mail-back disposal program, visit or call 1-844-MED-PROJECT (1-800-633-776-5328).

Women and Weed

The Pacific Southwest Addiction Center and Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) presented a 60-minute webinar entitled "Women and Weed" that discusses the rapidly changing culture of cannabis use.

Topics include potency and routes of administration, perception of risk, common exchanges regarding substance use and women’s issues, information about popular products marketed to women, and campaigns targeted to individuals who identify as female. It also reviews public health concerns including child protective services, health concerns of use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as the influence on self and family and how to have an intelligent “cannabis conversation.”

This webinar is on-demand - click here to watch!

Upcoming Webinar Focused on LGBTQ+ and Tobacco Use

The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality are hosting an upcoming webinar "LGBTQ+ Tobacco Use: New Trends, Treatment Tips, & Resources" that will present major trends in LGBTQ+ communities that impact tobacco use, strategies to help serve LGBTQ+ people, resources that can help, and also information about GLMA and the resources they provide.

Where: Virtual

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT

Speaker: Scout (MA, PhD) Executive Director, National LGBT Cancer Network

Registration: Click here to register!

Protect Your Brain

Protect Your Brain

Addiction Policy Forum launched a resource for middle and high school students in partnership with the DEA Educational Foundation called Protect Your Brain, an education and awareness campaign featuring videos that teach teens how to protect themselves from substance use disorder.

Over 20 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders and 90% of Americans with a substance use disorder began using substances before the age of 18. Adults play a critical role in adolescents’ decisions about substance use. This video series provides accessible guidance about preventing substance use disorders that can be shared by teachers, youth group leaders, coaches, and anyone who works directly with teens and adolescents. Visit the Addiction Policy Forum website for the video series and information.

Tobacco-free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies

The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) produced a new toolkit for behavioral health agencies adopting a tobacco-free wellness policy for their facilities and campuses. It serves as a resource on tobacco use among the behavioral health population, as well as a step-by-step guide to becoming a tobacco-free facility and treating tobacco use in clients and staff. It also suggests ways of incorporating a larger program of wellness that not only supports smoking cessation, but improves overall the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of one’s life.

Click here to access the toolkit.

National Suicide Hotline

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), beginning July 16, 2022, "988" will be the new three-digit dialing or texting code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress - including youth - whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also contact 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Visit SAMHSA's 988 information website for a communication toolkit, FAQ's, and more.

Spanish Alcohol Prevention Resources from SAMHSA

Be Prepared to Have the Difficult Conversation

This Spanish language data visualization illustrates the correlation between alcohol use and other substance use to inform parents/guardians and communities.

Take Action to Prevent Underage Alcohol Use

This Spanish language data visualization illustrates the steady decline of alcohol use amongst adolescents, informing parents/guardians and communities that taking action against underage drinking is effective.

Getting Ahead of a Problem

This Spanish language data visualization illustrates the drinking habits of adolescents to inform parents/guardians and communities.

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Alcohol

This Spanish language fact sheet for teens provides facts about alcohol. It describes short- and long-term effects and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis.

Talking With Your Young Adult about Underage Drinking

This Spanish language fact sheet is to inform parents how to effectively talk to their young adult about the risks of underage drinking.

Registration Open: Rural Prevention Conference

Connection & New Beginnings

Prevent Coalition and the Rural Network are hosting this in-person gathering of rural prevention professionals, educators, and passionate volunteers. The Rural Prevention Conference will bring together and engage people focused on issues of great importance to rural communities.

Experience two days of learning, networking, and solution building. Get an overview or take a deep dive into all aspects of rural prevention with an opportunity to share, learn, and discover new strategies to better engage rural communities and partner with them more effectively. This conference is designed for community leaders, residents, and professionals who seek to create a stronger Washington State.

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

Registration: Click here to register

Flyer: Click here to download.

More Information: Email

Welcome Brisa Sanchez to Steering Committee!

As the Rural Network grows, so must our leadership team. We're thrilled to welcome Brisa to our Steering Committee. Brisa brings so many strengths and insights to the mix and we can't wait to connect further with her.

Brisa Sanchez

Community Prevention Specialist

Location: Royal City, WA
Organization: Royal School District
Sector: Prevention
Quote: “I’ve been involved in prevention since 2017 and fell in love with the varied nature of the work. Leadership, organizational development, and effective community projects are big passions for me and I look forward to expanding my skills and knowledge in these areas alongside the Rural Network.”

Rural Grant Progress

  • Evaluation: Click here to take the annual evaluation survey for the Rural Network.
  • Outcomes: We're compiling our annual outcomes for the year. They will be live one our website once they are finalized.
  • Conference: Registration is open! We will update the agenda as we get confirmation from key speakers. Click here to access.
  • Training: Thank you for attending the Cultural Competency for Rural Communities training series. Access materials and minutes at the culture web page.
  • Recruitment: Welcome to the Rural Network! In 2021-22, we gained 40 new members.
  • Steering: Welcome Brisa Sanchez to the Steering Committee!
  • Toolkit: We're hosting a workgroup meeting in June to discuss adding rural elements to the Find Your Good campaign.
  • 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

Southwest Region Events

Prevent Coalition Office Hours

Tuesday, June 14

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For SW Washington Coalition Coordinators to receive technical assistance.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Thursday, June 22

9:30-11 a.m.

Online conference call.

For Coalition Coordinators & staff in SW Washington.

SW Regional Network Meeting

Thursday, June 23

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For coalition stakeholders and sector representatives throughout SW Washington.

Locks Save Lives Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

Rural Network Events

Rural Steering Committee

Wednesday June 8

2-3 p.m.

Online conference call

Develop the plan, guide the implementation, evaluate the results.

Toolkit Workgroup Meeting

Wednesday June 15

1-2 p.m.

Review the Find Your Good campaign strategy and plan for ways to develop rural elements.

Rural Listening Session

Tuesday June 21

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Share information about your local community with the network, to inform our action plan going forward and ensure it can address our network member needs.

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday, June 28

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Implement the action plan. Review Rural Healthy Youth Survey Needs Assessment results.

Rural Network Office Hours

Wednesday, July 6

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call

For Rural Network members to receive technical assistance

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:

Montana Summer Institute

Navigating Transformation: Increasing Health & Safety with Positive Community Norms

June 21-24

Led by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Dr. Jason Kilmer, and the Montana Institute Training Team, the Montana Summer Institute will include dynamic presentations on Positive Community Norms, the Science of the Positive, Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences, The Positive and Social Equity, and more. Attendees have the option of in-person or virtual attendance. Registration fee required.

Visit registration website.

Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA)

Annual Conference for Health 2022

Oct. 11 - 13, 2022

Wenatchee, WA

The theme for the 2022 conference is, "Identity, Diversity, Belonging - Facilitating an end to systemic injustices"

Visit 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.

Two Opportunities Available for SAPST

Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.

The Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network is offering this innovative training in a virtual format that blends a pre-requisite self-paced online course with a combination of live interactive sessions. Individual homework assignments will be completed before and between the live sessions.

Offered Twice:

Option 1: July 11, 14, 18 and 21, 2022

Details: Click here for July session application and details.

Registration Deadline June 27, 2022

Option 2: September 12, 15, 19, and 22, 2022

Details: Click here for September session application and details.

Registration Deadline August 22, 2022

Region 10 Opioid Summit

The Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) Opioid Summit is an opportunity for professionals from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Indian Nations, urban Indian health programs, and recognized American Indian organizations to meet and explore ways to address the opioid crisis. This event will be held virtually.

Where: Virtual

When: August 3-4, 2022

Cost: Free!

Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. on July 22, 2022. Click here to visit the registration website.

More Information:

2022 National Prevention Network Annual Conference

The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

This year's conference theme, "The Power of HOPE: Healthy Opportunities for Prevention to Empower Change."

Where: Virtual

When: August 23-25, 2022

Registration Deadline: Early bird registration ends July 15th

More Information:

Cannabis Action Conference, Sept. 20-21

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.

Where: Virtual

When: September 20-21, 2022

Registration Deadline: Earlybird registration ends September 1st.

More Information:

2022 Prevention Summit

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 is still under development. More information will be available in future newsletters, or visit the event website for updates.

Where: Virtual and in-person - Yakima, WA

When: November 8-9, 2022

Registration: Not yet open (as of June 5, 2002)

More Information: Visit event webpage (

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.