Why was CPWI chosen as the model for better outcomes?
Based on the prevalence, trends and impacts, our statewide priority is to support communities in reducing underage drinking and the harm it causes. While prevention programs are working to help most young people make healthy choices, alcohol is used by more children and teens than all illicit drugs combined. In Washington alone, more than 115,000 students ages 12-17 use alcohol regularly. CPWI also supports efforts to prevent teens from using marijuana, tobacco and prescription drugs.
According to the 2012 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey:
- Nearly one in five 12th graders (19%) said they have been drunk or high at school.
- About one in five students rode in a car with a driver who had been drinking.
- Marijuana use among 10th graders (19%) and 12th graders (27%) is almost double the percentage who smoke cigarettes, and fewer students think marijuana use is risky.
- Over 100,000 students (12-17 year olds) seriously considered suicide in the past year (about one in every six students).
CPWI aligns with the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ National Prevention Strategy to increase the health of individuals and communities. The strategy focuses on:
- Building healthy and safe community environments;
- Expanding quality preventive services in clinical and community settings;
- Empowering people to make healthy choices; and
- Eliminating health disparities.
The CPWI model allows us to better target and leverage limited public resources, increasing our ability to gain the best possible outcomes for communities. This more collaborative approach is expected to provide the long-term support needed for positive community change.