Marijuana-related Car Accidents in Washington

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently finalized a study on the Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among Drivers in Fatal Crashes: Washington, 2010-2014. They found that from 2010 through 2013, the estimated number and proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes who had a detectable concentration of THC in their blood doubled from 2013 to 2014 after Initiative 502 took effect. From their analysis it appears that after Initiative 502 took effect there was a relatively stable amount of deaths where people had detectable concentration of TCH in their system. About nine months after the initiative was passed, there was a significant increase.

Quarterly average proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes who were positive for THC and modeled seasonally-adjusted linear trend before and after Washington Initiative 502 took effect on 6 December 2012 legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years and older, Washington, 2010 – 2014. Taken from report.

Quarterly average proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes who were positive for THC and modeled seasonally-adjusted linear trend before and after Washington Initiative 502 took effect on 6 December 2012 legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years and older, Washington, 2010 – 2014. Taken from report.

You can read the final report, see the slideshow, or find out quick information in their fact sheet.

Take the 2016 PDC Community Survey

If you are over 18, and live in Pasco, we invite you to take our community survey.

The community survey helps our coalition to know and more information regarding the perceptions in our community and to make better decisions regarding what we should be focusing our prevention efforts on.

We are asking the Pasco Community to participate in this survey. The survey is about concerns related to substance abuse among youth in your community. We will use these surveys to guide our work to develop effective substance abuse prevention programs for your community.

Le solicitamos que participe en esta encuesta si viven en PASCO. La encuesta es acerca de inquietudes relacionadas con el abuso de sustancias entre los jóvenes de su comunidad. Usaremos estas encuestas para orientar nuestros trabajos para desarrollar programas efectivos de prevención de abuso de sustancias para su comunidad.

The Opioid Epidemic

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Opioids have been in the news frequently recently, and we wanted to share some information with our coalition about what has been happening. Our initiative along with our partnership with the Prosser CIA coalition regarding prescription drug permeant take back boxes is in part aimed at reducing opioid abuse.

So you might not know exactly what opioids are. Opioids are medications that relieve pain. They reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus.

Medications that fall within this class include hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), codeine, and related drugs. Hydrocodone products are the most commonly prescribed for a variety of painful conditions, including dental and injury-related pain. Morphine is often used before and after surgical procedures to alleviate severe pain. Codeine, on the other hand, is often prescribed for mild pain. In addition to their painrelieving properties, some of these drugs—codeine and diphenoxylate (Lomotil) for example—can be used to relieve coughs and severe diarrhea.
— National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Planet Money on NPR recently broadcast a store called Hooked on Heroin that gives a good look and history into opioids and their connection to the rise in heroin abuse in the United states. You can listen to the story below.

Congressman Dan Newhouse, from the 4th District, in an email to his supports discusses his actions to approve Senate Bill 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

The bill passed in the House on a vote of 407 to 5. The bill reforms drug treatment and education programs and supports states by expanding access to addiction treatment services for individuals with an opioid use disorder. Among other efforts, it expands access to life-saving opioid overdose reversal drugs by supporting the purchase and distribution of opioid overdose reversal drugs and training for first responders.
— Dan Newhouse

He also discusses the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (H.R. 2646). He stated "Which represents the most significant reform to our nation’s mental health programs in decades. The bill would improve coordination among mental health programs, drive evidence-based grants, foster access to care for short term stays of adults in institutions for mental disease, and expand outpatient treatment for mental health. It would also improve mental health treatment for children. This bipartisan legislation is an important step to address the mental health crisis facing our nation." You can read more about some of his recent activities in his email Combatting Opioid Epidemic and Reforming Mental Health.

Upcoming Workshop on Marijuana

The Pasco Discovery Coalition is proud share information
about a free one day conference that is happening next week.

Legal Marijuana is Changing the Landscape of Our Communities & Impacting Our Youth

It is being sponsored by Quincy Communities that Care, Together for Youth, North Central Educational Service District, Grant County Health District, Grant County Prevention and Recovery Center, Washington State Department of Health, and Okanogan County Community Coalition.

Speakers

  • Derek Franklin: How Marijuana is Impacting Our Youth
  • Mary Segawa: Washington State Marijuana Laws
  • Josue Guaderrama: Motivational Interviewing
  • Rudy Garza: Cultural Competency

Agenda

7:45-8:25 Check-in
8:30-8:40 Welcome
8:40-10:30 Marijuana is changing the landscape of our communities
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Marijuana laws in washington state
12:00-1:00 Lunch & networking (lunch provided)
1:00-3:00 Motivational interviewing 3:00-3:15 break
3:15-4:45 Cultural competency
4:45-5:00 Closing

Contact - Heather Massart • hmassart@granthealth.org • 509.766.7960

Download a PDF Version.

Download a PDF Version.

Sign Up for Upcoming Guiding Good Choices Parenting Classes

We would love to have you join us for the upcoming parenting classes. We are offering three different five sessions course. Two of them in English (one at Boys and Girls Club Of Benton-Franklin Counties and one at Virgie Robinson Elementary School) and one that is in English at Virgie Robinson Elementary School as well. We are super excited and look forward to having a lot of participants. It is a powerful parenting course that will help parents in many ways. You can see the flyers below:

You can also view the various events in the calendar.

Sign up today!

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Our new Pasco Discovery Coalition Coordinator is Julissa Aranda-Crow

Hi, my name is Julissa (Who-lisa) Crow and I am excited to work as the Community Coordinator in my home town of Pasco.  Many of you do not know about the Pasco Discovery Coalition so let me tell you a little about who we are.  The Pasco Discovery Coalition was founded in 2010 due to sate dollars that were given to different communities throughout the state who's youth reported heavy underage drinking and other drug use through a bi annually Healthy Youth Survey.  The Pasco Discovery Coalition relies heavily on Community Partners, not for funds but for your creative ideas, volunteers and the heart needed to help our community in need.  In order for Pasco to maintain our funding through the state we must have different sectors in the community represented on our Executive Committee.  These sectors include:  youth, parents, business, law enforcement, Civic/Volunteer group, healthcare professional, media, school, youth serving organizations, religious/fraternal organization, state/local/tribal governments, other substance abuse organizations, chemical dependency treatment, and mental health services.  The Pasco Community has a lot to do this year and we need your help!  Monthly meetings are held at Ochoa Middle School (1801 E. Sheppard St., Pasco, WA 99301) on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm.  Please contact me, Julissa Crow for more information at (509)851-7140 or jcrowpasco.coalition@gmail.com   

Coalition Poll for Designated Marijuana Funds

We want to get feedback from the community regarding how to spend our Designated Marijuana Funds (DMF) that the coalition will receive for the 2016 year. The DMF can only be spent on specific evidence-based programs listed by the state as options. At our last coalition meeting, we spent a significant amount of the time reviewing the various possible programs that could be implemented. In that group format and as an executive team we have narrowed down our choices for program funding between two options. These are The Incredible Years Parenting Program and Communities In Schools. We want your feedback and selection regarding which of these two programs to allocate this years funding to. This email contains a poll at the bottom. You will be able to click the button that most accurately reflects your opinion. We apologize for the short turnaround time, but we will stop collecting responses as of Thursday 02/18/16 at 12:00 PM. Thank you for your consideration. The following a brief description about the two programs, and specific conversations in regards to implementation as a part of the PDC. Both are great options, and would be very beneficial to our community

Incredible Years

The Incredible Years(r) is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children's behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. More information can be found at their website.

Safe Harbor Family Support Center has reported that they will be willing to assist us with the implementation of this program. They currently only have one person trained, and we are unsure currently if we will get other coalition members trained in time to implement the program within the time constraints of the grant. Furthermore, it is a intensive and extended parenting program that can go for 18 to 20 sessions. Having such an intensive program can be difficult to demonstrate high rates of completion due to problems related to group attrition. We would likely be able to fund other projects and items along with the Incredible Years.

Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) works to coordinate a comprehensive range of services to support all the needs of these students—academic and non-academic—so they come to school ready to learn. They do this through one-to-one services such as academic help, basic needs like food and clothing, physical and mental health care, mentoring, or college and career preparation help individual students overcome barriers to success at school. They also do school-wide offerings like bully prevention assemblies and after-school enrichment meet broad student needs. more information can be found at their website.

Pasco School District is working on bringing CIS to some of their schools. We would be able to fund a staff person for this year, but even with the entirety of the DMF next year, if the grant is given again (this grant is not guaranteed for future years), we would not be able to fund even an entire position next year. Because we would be partnering in bringing in the program, the school district and CIS would want us to plan to continue to allocate our DMF to their program at least for a couple of years while the program gets off the ground.

Options

Select the option that most accurately reflects your opinion regarding funding allocation. We will stop receiving community feedback on Thursday 02/18/16 at 12:00 PM.

Program Selection *
Your selection of the which program the PDC should implement.
Further comments you might have.

Volunteer Need - Join us to Canvass Pasco for Our Community Survey

The last couple of years, we have had a canvassing event for the community survey. It has been a good way to get out into the community, and has been one of our volunteers favorite events. Join us This Saturday (10/24/15) from 1:00 PM to 4:30.

We need all of the volunteers we can get. We will be going out in groups to talk to various community members and complete our community survey. We will send everybody out in teams of two or more. They will all be equipped with information regarding the coalition, community surveys, door hangers. We also have some PDC Swag and will have some snacks.

 

We will be meeting at the Lakeview Community Center and using their facility as our base for the event.

Lakeview Mobile Home Park
1505 S Rd 40
Pasco, WA 99301

Feel free to email or call Jacob with any questions or if you get lost trying to find the community center (it's in the center of the mobile home park, see below). 

Jacob Campbell
jacob.r.campbell@gmail.com
(509) 392-1056