February events, resources, opportunities, & more.


American Lung Association Releases State Tobacco Control Report Cards for 2023

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report evaluates states and the federal government’s actions to eliminate the nation’s leading cause of preventable death—tobacco use—and to save lives with proven-effective and urgently needed tobacco control laws and policies. In the report, the Lung Association assigns letter grades, A through F, to the state and federal policies best proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

See what grade Washington State received and read the full State of Tobacco Control report by visiting

Oregon Looks to Ban the Sale of Flavored Tobacco and Vape Products

Lawmakers in Oregon introduced a new bill that would end the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products across the state.

To read more about this effort click here or on the image with this story.

Access to Mental Health Services Critical for Reducing Suicide Attempts Among LGBTQ College Students - Study

In 2022 the Trevor Project conducted a National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health with nearly 34,000 respondents. The data revealed one in three LGBTQ college students seriously considered suicide in the past year, and 7% reported a suicide attempt in the past year.

Click the image with this story to read the research brief produced by the Trevor Project.

Pro-Cannabis Social Media Linked to Youths’ Intentions to Use

Despite laws against advertising cannabis to teens, young people reported in surveys that they still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts. Washington State University researchers found these messages were also connected to the teens’ intentions to use cannabis, and for college students, with their actual use. Anti-cannabis messages also had an effect in lessening use-intentions, but young people saw less of those types of messages.

Read the full story on

Most Young Users Put Disposable E-cigarettes in Trash as Companies Fail to Take Responsibility.

Truth Initiative first highlighted the environmental dangers of e-cigarettes in the 2021 report “A toxic, plastic problem: E-cigarette waste and the environment,” which found that more than half (51%) of young e-cigarette users threw used e-cigarette pods or empty disposables in the trash. Now, new data reveal the situation has gotten worse as the popularity of disposables has grown. Meanwhile, safe disposal guidance for vapes and their components is virtually non-existent from manufacturers.

Read the full story and more news on

*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

Reframing Language - Why Changing Our Thinking, Our Actions, and Our Language Matter

Here is an opportunity to evaluate your words using a terrific set of guides that provide communication without prejudice or toxicity. Recommended terms are compared to outdated language with explanations for why it matters, whether you are talking about mental illness, substance use, or specific groups of people. These communication guides also provide an effective way to educate others. You can click here to view the guides or click on the image with this article.

Developed by National Federation of Families, National Family Support -Technical Assistance Center, African American Behavioral Health Center for Excellence, E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, and Center of Excellence - LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity.

Making the Connection - Toolkit Now Available in Spanish

Prevent Coalition is pleased to offer a newly published full Spanish language version of the Making the Connection toolkit. Resources in Spanish now include all 16 modules, all handouts, speaker notes, ice breaker activities, as well as module guides. Each module is labeled for its intended audience: youth, caring adults, or parents.

If you are using the toolkit or have in the past, we’d love to hear how it’s working. Has it helped your community? What do you like about it? Contact and share about your experience.

New toolkit users can watch an orientation video, create a user account and access all the resources at the following website:

The English and Spanish versions of the toolkit cover important issues affecting youth including:

  • Toxic Stress, ACEs, and trauma
  • Teen brain development
  • Coping and risk factors
  • Costs of early substance abuse
  • Vaping, e-cigs, & marijuana
  • Mapping your resilience
  • What communities can do to help

You can help guide the development of a new Making the Connection module about vaping!

We’re growing the toolkit this year by adding another module specifically about commercial tobacco and vaping. If you live in Clark, Klickitat, or Skamania county and want to lend your voice to this committee, please email

Said Every Smoker Ever | The Real Cost of Cigarettes

FDA Releases New Ads, including First Focused on Mental Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking among Youth

The Food and Drug Administration’s “The Real Cost” Youth Cigarette Prevention Campaign launched two new ads and, for the first time, will focus on the negative mental health effects of cigarette smoking and withdrawal in an ad. One ad – “Auctioneer” – highlights the fact that cigarette withdrawal can lead to anxiety, and the other ad “Said Every Smoker Ever” – highlights the fact that 3 out of 4 teens who smoke will continue to smoke into adulthood.

These new ads aim to increase awareness that cigarette smoking can worsen the ongoing mental health crisis among teens. Research shows that a significant proportion of high school students experienced poor mental health during the past few years. Cigarette smoking can lead to nicotine addiction, which can ultimately negatively impact teens’ mental health.

Read the full news release on the FDA website:

Research Into Action: Practical Theorist #13 - Fentanyl

CADCA's Research into Action Webinar Series - Fentanyl

Dr. Albert Terrillion (CADCA), Dr. Grant Baldwin (CDC), and Ms. Merilee Fowler (MATFORCE and Community Counts) provided an overview of fentanyl- pharmaceutical and illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF)- and why it is one of the most dangerous substances circulating around the nation. The presenters focused on its effects on vulnerable populations, particularly youth, and discussed ways to implement different strategies (I.e., CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Community Change) to further improve prevention efforts.

CADCA, with support from partner agencies, also produced a publication, "Practical Theorist #13 - Fentanyl" with the most up to date information for coalitions and communities. Click on the publication cover image to download.

Parents Guide to Fentanyl

Drug Rehab Services (DRS) developed a trifold brochure specifically for educating parents about the dangers of fentanyl. Provided is information about the drug, how youth get access, and tips for protecting children using proactive and positive prevention techniques.

Visit to learn more about the Parents Guide to Fentanyl and access a link to download the brochure.

Drugs of Abuse - A DEA Resource Guide

The latest edition of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s "Drugs of Abuse" publication is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. The publication also offers a list of additional drug education and prevention resources, including the DEA websites.

Visit or click on the image with this story to view the publication. is a one stop source of overdose prevention information and what to do in the event of an overdose. You will find information about drugs commonly associated with overdose, how to get help, training for professionals, access to naloxone, answers to commonly asked questions, and other resources. It is a project of the Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, and Research (CEDEER) at the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) and funded by the WA State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

Visit the website to learn more.

The LCB has a YouTube Channel - Did You Know?

The Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board (LCB) YouTube channel has over 125 videos including agency meetings, trainings, and issues of interest to licensees and other LCB stakeholders. Now you can view recorded meetings and trainings whenever it is convenient.

To visit the LCB YouTube channel go to and search for "WSLCB" or click the image with the story.

Know This About Cannabis

Have questions about cannabis? There is a website that has you covered. Information about cannabis laws, health effects, cannabis vaping, safe usage and storage, and other resources.


2023 Washington State Legislature is Currently in Session

Below are links to information and resources to help you get involved.

Bill Information (

Search by bill number, or list bills by many other methods from links. The bottom of each bill page has links to TVW video of hearings and floor action. See the Bill Report for a useful high-level summary of the bill policy, background, and hearing testimony.

Pre-filed Bills Page (

Budget Information on LEAP budget website (

Provides detail on budget proposals and links to Citizen’s Guides to WA State budgets.

Find your District & Legislators (

Election Results (

Washington Lobbying Rules (

Current Laws (RCWs) and Rules (WACs) (

Find RCWs or WAC by number or by title.

Legislative Information Center (

Click on the Classes & Tutorials link to find great handouts and videos and live class info.

Committee Information (

Sign Up for Email Updates on Committee Hearing Schedules (

Testifying in Committee or Submitting Comments (

Watch Live Coverage - TVW (

See unedited coverage of committee hearings, testimony, floor debate, press conferences, and much more. Search the archive for recorded events or tune in live!

Training resources on the legislative process from Prevention Voices WA and Foundation for Healthy Generations (

How to Read a Bill - Video (

Understanding the WA Legislative Process - Video (

How to Use the Legislative Website - Video (

How to Use the Legislative Website Advanced Tips - Video (

Prevent Coalition Podcast

Consider adding the Prevent Coalition Podcast to your playlist in 2023! We're sharing stories and strategies to help coalitions and organizations reach their full potential."

Listen at The podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, the Apple Podcast app and other familiar streaming services.

Episodes archived at

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Rural Grant Progress

  • Assess Data: We 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 2023 we hosted 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 2022 - February 2023 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 hosted a virtual Youth Advocacy Training statewide again on December 7 and December 8, 2022. The event was coordinated in partnership with Teens for Tomorrow and Prevention Voices.
  • 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 with the goal of submitting an Equity Plan to funders.

For a full grant progress timeline visit

Rural Toolkit Access

The Rural Toolkit can be found at Access to the Rural Toolkit is password protected. The password is: ruralrocks!


Southwest Region Events

SW Regional Network Meeting

Thursday, February 16, 2023

2:00 -3:30 p.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest regional network members.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest region coalition coordinators.

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.

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Online conference call by invitation.

For southwest region coalition coordinators.

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 Office Hours

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call

For Rural Network members to receive technical assistance

Rural Steering Committee

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

3-4:30 p.m.

Online conference call

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

Rural Network Office Hours

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

1-2 p.m.

Online conference call

For Rural Network members to receive technical assistance

Rural Steering Committee

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

3-4:30 p.m.

Online conference call

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

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:


Digital Therapeutics in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders:

The State of the Science & Vision for the Future


February 15, 2023

11:00am-12:30pm PT

No Fee, click here to visit registration page.

A review of the science behind digital therapeutics - software used to prevent, treat, or manage a medical disorder or disease - for behavioral health, and timely opportunities to scale up access to these digital health tools around the world. 1.5 CE/CME available.

UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

Reducing the Nicotine Content of Cigarettes and the Tobacco Endgame


February 16, 2023

10:00am-11:00am PT

No Fee, click here to visit registration page.

Neal Benowitz, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of California San Francisco will be presenting about the impact of a nicotine reduction strategy with respect to tobacco control, public messaging with respect to the reasons for nicotine reduction, and the potential impact of nicotine reduction on smoking cessation programs.

Northwest PTTC

Advancing Community Prevention Efforts in an Era of Scientific Distrust


February 23, 2023

11:00am-12:30pm PT

No Fee, click here to visit registration page.

Advancing your Coalition’s prevention efforts through this era of widespread scientific distrust can feel maddening! How do you respond when decision-makers insist that up is down and left is right? Together, we’ll explore strategies for determining your community’s readiness to engage with data and prevention messaging, and also consider techniques that will help to break down resistance to your work!


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.

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.