Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drug Abuse Trends in Washington State-2006 is published annually by the Washington State Division of Alcohol & Substance Abuse, and can be used to measure progress in the state's effort to prevent and treat substance abuse. The 2006 Trends Report contains information about the economic costs of substance abuse, substance abuse prevalence and trends, impacts of substance abuse, the effectiveness of prevention and treatment, and policy issues confronting the state.
Some noteworthy trends for 2006:
Steroid use among students in Washington State is declining.
Smoking prevalence and binge drinking among adults is declining.
The number of reported methamphetamine labs and dumpsites is at its lowest point since 1999.
But it's not all good news:
By 12th grade, almost 1 in 5 Washington students is already a problem drinker.
The drug-induced death rate in Washington state is increasing rapidly.
Sexually-transmitted diseases often associated with substance abuse have increased in prevalence.
New sections in the 2006 report provide data on Underage Drinking, the WAshington Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (WASBIRT) project, and Problem and Pathological Gambling.
The Washington State Council on Problem Gambling is sponsoring a 2-day regional conference on youth gambling, in conjunction with DASA and several departments at the University of Washington. A one-day training on "Introduction to Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Issues" will be offered the day before.
"21" Youth Gambling Awareness in the 21st Century April 5-6, 2007 UW South Campus Center
Download the program and registration brochure here.
Last year's expansion of the Washington Clean Indoor Air Act to include all public places has resulted in indoor air that is significantly cleaner, and it appears that the increased restrictions on smoking are prompting people to quit. Air pollution decreased by 88 percent in Washington State bars and restaurants since the law took effect, according to the results of air quality monitoring tests conducted by the American Lung Association of Washington. In addition, a record number of people called the quit line in January 2006 – about one in five said they called because of the new law. The good news is reported in "Clearing the Air," a newsletter from the Washington State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute invites applications from University of Washington faculty for its Small Grants Research Awards. Proposed research must be in alcohol or drug abuse-related fields. The maximum amount considered for funding is $20,000.
The next application deadline is 5:00 p.m., March 15, 2007. Questions concerning the application process or suitability of a potential project should be directed to the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application guidelines are available on the ADAI website: http://depts.washington.edu/adai/grants/ or by calling ADAI at 206-543-0937.
This new report from Washington's DSHS Reseach & Data Analysis Division examines what prevention steps were more effective in reducing community-wide use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among middle school youth in 18 Washington communities. Results confirmed that community mobilization was the key to success among small rural and cultural communities. Adequate implementation of all the steps in currently accepted prevention models and high fidelity in program implementation were most important for urban communities.