April events, resources, opportunities, & more.

car driving through Drug Take Back Event from last year's prescription drug return event.

Drive-Thru Drug Take Back Events Saturday April 30th

On Saturday, April 30h, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. community-based prevention coalitions, law enforcement, and several partnering organizations are hosting drive-thru drug take back events at six Southwest Washington locations in Clark and Skamania counties.

Community members are encouraged to bring unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for safe and free disposal to any of the six evet locations below. Prescription and over-the-counter medications including pills, liquids and inhalers will be accepted. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted. For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in their vehicles and use a drive-thru process to dispose

of unwanted and expired medications.

  • Noncommercial Sharps and syringes will only be accepted at PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care event site. 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 will be accepted for safe free disposal by all event sites except Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department.

Drug Take Back Event locations:

Clark County

Skamania County

Click on links to download the April 30th Event Flyers

For frequently asked questions or additional details about the April 30th Drug Take Back Event visit or email Kelley Groen-Sieckmann at

Medicine take back events in Southwest Washington are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority, law enforcement, local businesses, and youth substance misuse prevention coalitions.

Unable to Drop Off Medication at Event Sites on April 30th?

No problem! There are a variety of permanent community-based disposal kiosks open all year-round that are conveniently located in medical pharmacies and law enforcement offices. Go to and visit the Convenient Locations page to find a medicine disposal kiosk in your area. Visit the Mail-Back Services page to order free mail-back packages to dispose of medication by mail.

Community kiosk drop-off sites allow patients to bring expired or unwanted medicines to convenient locations for proper disposal.

  • ACCEPTED: Medications in any dosage form, except for those identified as Not Accepted below, in their original container or sealed bag.
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, medical devices, batteries, mercury-containing thermometers, sharps, illicit drugs, and pet pesticide products.

Mail-Back Services for expired or unwanted medicines including inhalers and prefilled injector products are available, free of charge, to all residents upon request. Mail-Back Distribution Locations may also be available in your area. Medications in any dosage form, except for those identified as not accepted below, in their original container or sealed bag are accepted.

  • NOT ACCEPTED: Herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, medical devices, batteries, mercury-containing thermometers, sharps, illicit drugs, and pet pesticide products.

Take-back programs are the only safe and proper way to dispose of unused and expired medication. Please do not place medicines in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Medication not disposed of properly could end up in the wrong hands or pollute the environment and our drinking water.

Click on links to download individual lists of year-round medicine disposal locations in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties:

**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.

Virtual Clark County Youth Game Night

Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse (STASHA) is partnering with Unite! Washougal Coalition and D.R.E.A.M. Team Battle Ground to host a virtual game night for any middle and high school youth in Clark County, Washington. Youth from these organizations have been working really hard to plan a stress-free event that provides youth a fun way to meet new people and play games, such as, escape room, and trivia. The event provides an opportunity for youth to learn coping skills and a chance to win gift card prizes - and its FREE!

Where: Virtual

When: Friday, April 15th from 6:30-8 pm.

How to register: Follow this link:

More Information:

Click on the game night flyer image above or visit

Healthy Youth Survey Results Training

AskHys is hosting a virtual workshop to assist with interpretation and use of the 2021 Healthy Youth Surveydata. Topics on the agenda include:

  • Background and survey administration information
  • How to access data
  • Review HYS statistics fundamentals
  • Learn how to interpret and communicate HYS results

When: Wednesday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. PT

Where: Virtual (This session will be recorded and posted to

How to Register: Click here

Questions? Email: or

New to HYS? A collection of past resources including training videos and helpful tools is available at


Student Survey Indicates Mental Health Challenges and Declines in Substance Use

38% of 10th graders responded that they feel sad or hopeless. 45% of 12th graders also responded, and 35% of 8th graders.
Excerpt from

Results from the 2021 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), a statewide survey of young people focused on their health behaviors, are now available. Data suggest mental health concerns remain with some signs of improved health behaviors, including a decrease in substance use.

Click here to read the full press release.

Congress Gives FDA Powers Over Synthetic Nicotine Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now have authority to regulate synthetic nicotine under provisions included in the federal omnibus spending bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law on March 15 by President Joe Biden. This new authority will expand the FDA’s existing authority to regulate tobacco plant-based nicotine in vaping products to include nicotine made in labs.

Disposable vaping products using synthetic nicotine such as those marketed under the Puff Bar label have emerged in recent years as leaders in the vaping market because they escaped FDA regulatory authority banning sweet and fruit-flavored products. Among high school and middle school current users, i.e., those who reported using vaping products within the past 30 days, the Puff Bar brand was the most commonly used by a wide margin, according to a 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of the National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Although the FDA issued warning letters in July 2020 ordering Puff Bar to remove its disposable, plant-based nicotine products from the market, Puff Bar and other brands pivoted to synthetic nicotine, which was beyond the reach of the FDA to regulate until now.

The law will become effective on April 14, 2022. Manufacturers of synthetic nicotine products wishing to keep their product on the market must submit a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) to the FDA by May 14, 2022. If a PMTA is submitted in a timely manner, the product(s) may remain on the market for an additional 90 days, until July 13, 2022. After that date any synthetic nicotine product not authorized by FDA must come off the market.

Prevent Thanks Rep. Harris; Highlights Need for Increased Tobacco and Vaping Prevention Funding

ESD 112’s Prevent Coalition would like to thank Representative Paul Harris, of the 17th Legislative District in Vancouver, Washington, for his ongoing support of tobacco and vaping prevention funding.

In the final days of the 2022 legislative session, Representative Harris successfully shepherded through a budget amendment for a $5 million-dollar one-time allocation to the Department of Health’s Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (CTPP).

Washington receives over $513 million in tobacco-related revenue but only invests $1.6 million in commercial tobacco prevention programs. This represents 2.4 percent of what the CDC recommends for a comprehensive and effective state tobacco program, which ranks Washington State 45th nationally in tobacco prevention spending.

In response to the passing of the one-time allocation, Representative Harris said, “My message to youth is simple: stop smoking, stay healthy, and live longer. We want you to live a long and prosperous life and this is a great way to start that journey.”

youth from Southwest region gather for an advocacy training in 2018 where we awarded Representative Paul Harris for another achievement.

Changing Language from “Marijuana” to “Cannabis”.

Gov. Inslee signed into law HB 1210 on March 11, 2022, which changed the word “marijuana” to “cannabis” throughout Washington State statutes. The LCB will be using expedited rulemaking to implement the same change throughout Title 314 of the Washington Administrative Code. The Senate approved the bill 41–8 on March 1, as the final step in passing the legislature.

During the bill signing ceremony, Gov. Inslee offered some brief remarks about the language shift, acknowledging “marijuana” has “a racist history in the United States. It was used in anti-immigrant rhetoric in the early 20th century.” The governor suggested the change “signals that we acknowledge the history of that language that targeted communities of color.”

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Vaping 101 Webinar Now On-Demand

This free webinar presented by the Washington Poison Center provides information about vaping devices, health concerns, youth vaping trends and risks. Ideal for prevention professionals, parents, educators, and community members. Hosted by Prevent Coalition of Southwest Washington.

The webinar was presented live via Zoom on April 5, 2022. The recording is now available for viewing:

Click here to access webinar recording.

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New Youth Mental Health Toolkit Available

Health Care Authority of Washington released a new youth mental health communication toolkit named "No Shame in Your Brain" ("Consciente de tu Mente"). Youth in the State of Washington have faced many challenges over the course of the past two years. The contents of this toolkit provide social media assets and posters to share positive messaging and supportive resources. The toolkit was developed to share the message of hope, resilience, and inclusivity.

Click here to access the toolkit.

Take Down Tobacco Toolkit Materials Available

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids developed new materials for their National Day of Action held on April 1, 2022. The event has passed but the effort to take down big tobacco never ends. The resources remain available for your ongoing prevention work.

Available are free printable posters, social media, activities, and educational materials including a "Joker Takedown" online card game to engage youth groups and organizations in tobacco and vaping prevention at their school and in their community.

Click here to visit the Take Down Tobacco website.

Alcohol Awareness Toolkit: #ProofIsInTheNumbers

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. To raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of alcohol policy safeguards, the Northwest PTTC launched the Alcohol Awareness Toolkit: #ProofIsInTheNumbers.

The toolkit seeks to raise awareness about alcohol-related harms, the importance of strong alcohol policies, and encourage engagement from prevention and public health stakeholders to strategically educate and inform decision makers about effective alcohol policies.

The Northwest PTTC provides free to use engagement materials, social media, and technical assistance for the Alcohol Awareness Toolkit on the PTTC website.

Getting Candid: What's Your Role (Social Media)

Toolkit for Meaningful Messaging and Framing Conversations

Getting Candid - Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention is a toolkit developed by National Council for Mental Wellbeing to equip youth-serving providers and share guidance on how to effectively deploy substance use prevention messaging with middle and high school age youth.

The toolkit includes a 20 page messaging guide, strategies for engagement, tips for youth-serving providers and community organizations, substance fact sheets, resources for youth, and even a video training that provides an in depth overview of the toolkit.

The PDF guide can be directly accessed here.

Substance fact sheets are available here.

All Getting Candid Toolkit resources are available here.


Cultural Competency for Rural Communities Training



  • Part 1: Tuesday April 26 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Part 2: Tuesday May 10 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Part 3: Tuesday May 17 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Part 4: Tuesday May 24 from 2-3:30 p.m.


Explore cultural competence from a rural perspective. Learn new tools for enhancing the effectiveness of your prevention initiatives and for crafting cultural competence goals and processes for your strategic plans. This four-session training opportunity for members of the Rural Network will explore this exciting work together and discover how these concepts play out specifically in rural areas.


By the end of the four 1.5 hour training sessions, participants will have:

  • Defined key terms including diversity, culture, cultural competency, cultural humility, and related skills in the context of rural settings
  • Gained an understanding of the five levels of community engagement, and applied the levels to achieving their community’s prevention goals
  • Developed a strategic plan to engage diverse community sectors in culturally relevant prevention.

Rural Grant Progress

  • Conference: We've selected the date, location, topics, and format. At our upcoming meeting we will narrow the list of speaker topics and discuss the opening events.
  • Policy: We recognized Representative Paul Harris (articles above) for his work to increase tobacco and vapor product funding to prevention coalitions in the state.
  • Training: We're hosting a Cultural Competency for Rural Communities training in April and May. See the article above for this four-session event.
  • Recruitment: Thank you to all who attended our New Member Orientation, and welcome all our new partners! Soon we will create an at-your-own-pace onboarding site with additional resources to orient to our work.
  • 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, April 12

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For SW Washington Coalition Coordinators to receive technical assistance.

Locks Save Lives Home Stakeholder Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 20

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For stakeholders of the campaign and opioid prevention partners.

Drug-Take-Back Events

Saturday April 30

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

Multiple locations in Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties.

Safe, free disposal of unused medications.

Rural Network Events

Rural Steering Committee

Thursday April 7

12-1:30 p.m.

Online conference call

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

Rural Network Meeting: Cultural Competency for Rural Communities Part 1

Tuesday, April 26

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Learn how to engage communities effectively, create a plan for action, and define key concepts of equity and cultural competency.

Rural Conference Workgroup

Wednesday, April 27

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call

Plan our in-person training and collaboration event for October 2022 in Moses Lake

Cultural Competency for Rural Communities Part 2

Tuesday May 10

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Click here to register for parts 2-4.

Cultural Competency for Rural Communities Part 3

Tuesday May 17

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Cultural Competency for Rural Communities Part 4

Tuesday May 24

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Relevant events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:


Prevention Learning Series (EPLS): Prevention Basics

Tuesdays, April 19 - June 7

This 8-week series offers a uniquely interactive online introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention. Participants examine the history of substance misuse prevention, key concepts, and foundational research informing the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step, data-driven planning process.

Visit registration website.

CADCA (Community of Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

Forum On-Demand!

Available now through May 16.

Interested in refreshing your memory with all the awesome information provided from the 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum? Weren't able to attend in-person to this year's Forum? No worries! Register for Forum ON-DEMAND today! Registration includes unlimited access to over 35 sessions, plenaries and partner content from the 2022 National Leadership Forum. Visit the registration website or feel free to contact for more information.

Visit registration website.

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.

Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Conference

The 3rd Annual Teaching Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Conference: A Focus on the Triangulum of Cannabis, Tobacco, and Vaping will provide the latest research on youth tobacco and cannabis use, including products being used, reasons for use, health effects, and the latest available lessons for teaching tobacco and cannabis education and prevention to middle school and high school aged youth. This conference is for educators, TUPE coordinators, community-based organizations, school administrators, healthcare providers, school resource officers, parents, and anyone else working with youth.

The conference will have over 36 great workshops, 2 amazing keynote speakers, and 2 outstanding plenaries. Each person who registers will have access to all presentations, materials, and resources for an entire year!

If you’d like to set-up a group code for your organization, want to inquire about a scholarship for a parent or youth who needs it, or have any other questions please email

Where: Virtual

When: April 27th and April 28th from 8am-12:45pm PST

How to Register: Click here.

More Information: Conference at a glance document (Google docs)

Conference flyer

Youth Forum Provides Venue to Showcase Prevention Projects

Empower, United in Prevention, 2022 Spring Youth Forum is the follow-up conference to the Prevention Summit (held November, 2021) that provides youth prevention teams in Washington State the opportunity to showcase their community projects, share successes and lessons learned, collaborate with peers, and support youth-led prevention work in communities throughout Washington.

Where: Virtual

When: May 17, 2022

Registration deadline: April 11, 2022, by 5:00pm PST

More Information:

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.