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Draw the Line between you and underage drinking! Join our Let's Draw the Line Campain and join teens, parents, and community members across the state.
Learn about "ADS and Subtract", a collaborative effort with PREVENT! and STASHA to reduce alcohol and tobacco advertising in Clark County stores.
ADS and Subtract Presentations
PREVENT! Coalition Member and Clark County Prevention Specialist, Angela McKinney and PREVENT! Coordinator, Sondra Storm presented on PREVENT!'s Ads and Subtract project at the Washington State Prevention Summit and at the CADCA National Leadership Forum in Washington DC.
Clark County STASHA Peer Educators are Recruiting
The Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse (STASHA) Peer Educators are recruiting for youth interested in substance abuse prevention and leadership development. STASHA Peer Educators are Clark County youth between the ages of 12-19 who work to prevent substance abuse among their peers and with their community using their own words and their own way. The young people in this program seek to represent the diverse geographic regions and populations of the county. This group is comprised of youth who have never used drugs and alcohol, youth with past experimentation/use, and youth who have completed treatment and are now in recovery. Youth do not need any prior leadership experience Applications Here
Local Support for School Based Prevention
Local organizations and buisnesses support youth prevention clubs in schools! We are extremely grateful for the support of our community partners!
Community mentors providing support, assistance, and volunteer time include:
Fearn Natural Health Clinic
Clark County Sherrif's Office
Cascade Park Kiwanis
Kristen Rothwell from Evergreen School District's Clark County Skills Center
Community sponsors helping fund youth prevention projects include:
Thank you to all of our mentors and sponsors - your contributions are invaluable!
Other Prevention News
Prescription drug abuse is a rising concern nationally and locally. This Presentation is intended to educate and engage audiences around the issue.
New Data Show Drug Free Communities Program Significantly Reduces Teen Substance Abuse
A press release from the Executive Office of the President, Office of Nation Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), September 24, 2008. The results of a four-year exhaustive study reveal that communities with DFC grants not only have lower instances of youth drug use compared to the national average, but are lowering rates of use at an accelerated pace.
Highlights of the full report include:
When compared to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data, Drug Free Communities (DFC) youth (grades 9-12) reported significantly lower past 30-day substance use rates than the rates reported by YRBS youth in similar grades;
past 30-day substance use rates for youth in DFC communities (grades 9-12) show an accelerated decline since 2003-2004 when compared to past 30-day use trends reported by YRBS youth in similar grades;
support for the notion that the DFC coalitions are maturing over time, and that the most mature coalitions are indeed having the greatest impact on use rates as they report lower rates of past 30-day use across all grades and across the three drugs reported on (alcohol, tobacco and marijuana).
New Legislation and Fact Sheets from WA Liquor Control Board
After a period of soliciting community input, the Washington Liquor Control Board revised their regulations regarding alcohol advertisement. PREVENT! along with a statewide coalition of prevention professionals and concerned community members encouraged WLCB to strengthen regulations on advertisement to reduce the impact of advertisements on youth. Learn more about the new rules with this WLCB Updated Adverstisment Regulations Fact Sheet
The legislature increased the tax on beer by $.28 per six-pack effective June 1st. Microbrews are exempt from the new tax. It is estimated that this will provide $59 million annually. Learn additional information about the new tax with this WLCB New Beert Tax Fact Sheet . An initiative is being circulated that would put this issue on the ballot so that a vote of the people could repeal the tax.
The legislature passed a new law allowing beer and wine tasting in grocery stores. Learn more about the criteria for sampling in grocery stores with this WLCB Beer and Wine Tasting Fact Sheet.