September 2019
Your monthly news & updates

Grantee Spotlight: Public Health - Idaho North Central District

2019 Update to Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan
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ODP Welcomes New Staff

PFS Law Enforcement Outcomes

Northern Idaho ICADD

U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory

Celebrate Idaho Family Dinner Night on September 26

Be the Parents is kicking off an Idaho Family Dinner Night campaign to encourage families across the state to make and enjoy a meal together on September 26. To help you celebrate, Be the Parents is offering a free recipe guide and placemat.

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Newsflash: Next Governor's Opioid and Substance User Disorder Advisory Group meeting will be held October 9, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Meeting will be in Boise, exact location TBD. More details to be posted at .
Grantee Spotlight: Public Health - Idaho North Central District
Data from the 2017 Idaho Healthy Youth Survey showed that American Indian youth in Idaho are riding in cars with alcohol-impaired drivers more often than their White or Hispanic counterparts.

PFS recipient Public Health - Idaho North Central District and the Region 2 Behavioral Health Board (R2BHB) Prevention sub-committee felt community norming education would be effective to help reduce this disparity.

The Prevention sub-committee is comprised of members of the R2BHB and directors of six coalitions in the region. The Palouse Prevention Coalition was already working on this topic for all youth, and agreed to allow the R2BHB to adapt the concept for their targeted demographic.

R2BHB and PFS prevention coordinator Sharlene Johnson decided to turn this concept into billboards, posters and newspaper ads throughout the region, co-branding with each respective community coalition.

Region 2 residents and businesses were involved—Lora Rueben, a Nez Perce Tribe mother, beaded the shoes specifically for the ad and her daughter Alice modeled them.

This campaign demonstrates the use of partnership, local solutions for local issues, and culturally relevant and competent materials and messages!
2019 Update to Idaho Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan
In May, stakeholders convened at an annual meeting to review progress and discuss any necessary changes to strategies and action plans for year three of Idaho's five-year Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan.

In the months after the update meeting team members met to finalize the suggested changes and submitted them for review. The work group held a meeting August 21, 2019 and reached a final concurrence on the updates.

The Idaho Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan 2017-2022, 2019 Update has been published and posted on Click here to view the abridged PDF version. For the full-length 61-page version including all action plans and appendices, request a copy from

ODP Welcomes New Staff
Camille McCashland
The Office of Drug Policy is happy to introduce Camille McCashland who joined our team as the new Grant Director working with the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grant. 

Camille is originally from Pocatello, Idaho but has called Boise home for the last twenty years. She joins the Office of Drug Policy from the State Department of Education (SDE) were she spent over eleven years as the program specialist for the 21 st Century Community Learning Center Grant and working with the Safe and Drug Free School program. Camille also coordinated the yearly Idaho Prevention & Support Conference and she is looking forward to future years when she is able to participate as an attendee. Prior to the SDE she spent five years working with Health & Welfare and the Executive Office for Families and Children on teen pregnancy prevention, underage drinking and supporting the state epidemiology program. 

You can contact Camille at or 208-854-3046.
Nikki Regent
The Office of Drug Policy is happy to introduce Nikki Regent who joined our team as the new Administrative Services Manager. Nikki will assist with organization and planning of ODP meetings, workgroups, and events. And if you call our office, hers will probably be the first voice you hear!

Nikki previously worked at Department of Water Resources assisting the Planning and Projects Bureau and the Idaho Water Resource Board. She has experience planning and organizing board and committee meetings. Prior to IDWR, Nikki ran a GED program at Stevens-Henager College.  

Nikki is a native of California, but has lived in the Treasure Valley for the past 17 years and is a graduate of Eagle High School.

You can reach Nikki at or 208-854-3040
PFS FY19 Law Enforcement Outcomes
From December 2018 - June 2019 twenty-two law enforcement agencies throughout Idaho received grant funding from the Partnerships for Success Grant to conduct prevention and interdiction activities. All staff time used for these activities was overtime hours implemented within the grantee's respective jurisdiction.

Between December 2018 - June 2019 grantees completed:

  • 123 compliance checks, with over 13% resulting in citations to retailers.
  • 37 shoulder tap operations, with over 13% resulting in citations
  • 195 underage drinking party patrols, patrolling more than 2501.25 hours (over 3 months collectively) and disbanding 87 underage drinking parties.
  • 471 interdiction operations, patrolling more than 3425.5 hours (nearly 5 months collectively).
  • 56 presentations, reaching approximately 4099 Idahoans.

Click here to see a more detailed visual overview of the outcomes.  

Northern Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (ICADD)
The first annual Northern ICADD conference will be held in Coeur d'Alene at the Best Western Plus Inn October 11-12, 2019. The theme for the conference is "Reaching out for Recovery."

The mission of ICADD is to provide education and training for substance abuse and dependence professionals and educators in behavioral care, criminal justice, and recovery support.

Attendees can earn 13.5 CE hours at the mini-conference, 6.75 hours each of the two days. Each day consists of a Keynote Speaker and breakout sessions from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Click here for a detailed prospectus including a schedule of breakout sessions.

U.S. Surgeon General Issues an Advisory on Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain
The United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams on August 29, 2019 issued a public advisory that smoking or vaping marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies, as well as adolescents.

The Surgeon General held a press conference to announce the new advisory with other U.S. health officials including the Secretary of Health and Human Services who reiterated that while some state laws have changed, the Federal law has not.

Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana in some way, either for medical or recreational use. Dr. Adams said that this rapid normalization of marijuana has caused a false sense of safety about its use.

“The scary truth is that the actual potential for harm has increased,” he said. “This ain’t your mother’s marijuana.”

According to the advisory, citing data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, " In a national survey, marijuana use in the past month among pregnant women doubled (3.4% to 7%) between 2002 and 2017."

Dr. Adams reminded us that ultimately, "no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe."

Read the full advisory .

We envision a safe and healthy Idaho free from the devastating
impact of substance use on youths, families, and communities