'Substance Abuse: A Community Response' Conference


Each spring, TOGETHER!, the Thurston County Drug Action Team, and a few partners offer this large conference. Information is shared by law enforcement, prevention experts, health professionals and more on the state of substance abuse in the area. Participants are welcome from around the state.


"Real questions, real solutions. Join the discussion!" This saying holds true for these conferences, and these trainings have garnered rave reviews and demands for repeat performances from nearly all attendees.


Dr. Jason Kilmer presents at the "Meth and More" 2013 conference


The conference has been an annual event since 2010. It is a full day of training with CEUs available. It offers presentations from recognized authorities, success stories, informative breakout sessions, lunch, and often raffle and door prizes.


Speakers and presenters come from the fields of:



Law enforcement

Social services






One group tabling at "Meth and More" 2013 conference

Resource tables are available at each conference.


2016 Conference: April 27-28

This year's theme will be "Building a Healthier Community Together."


Registration for tickets will open January 1.


Call for Presentations, due by Dec. 1, 2015:

We are looking for presentations highlighting innovation in prevention, treatment, recovery, law and justice sectors, and/or that highlight collaboration across systems to build healthier communities.


To help you as you think about presentations you or your colleagues might offer, here are three questions we're hoping presentations will speak to:


Presentations should focus on current and emerging issues, latest research findings, best and promising practices, cutting-edge programs, successes, lessons learned or problems solved. Presentations will last 70 minutes, including a question-and-answer portion, and should be designed for all levels of experience.

To apply, please email a brief description of the presentation you wish to offer, including a list of presenters. Please also include a brief biography of the presenter(s) and expected outcomes or learning objectives for the session. Proposals can be sent to Tamara Clark at this link.


2015 Conference: April 29-30


This was our first year of doing a 2-day conference. The reports we heard about this year's panels were pretty stellar, so thank you to all of our presenters!


The very popular opioid panel at TOGETHER!'s Substance Abuse a Community Response conference 2015

The very popular panel, "Opioid Abuse: Prevention, Intervention & Treatment"


Photo album from the event--click here.


2014 Conference

TOGETHER!'s Substance Abuse a Community Response Conference 2014

Lots of happy attendees, including Chris and Juliette!


Photo album from the event--click here


2013 Conference

youth presenters at "Meth and More" 2013 conference

Olympia High School students did a breakout session on prevention efforts in their school.


Click here to see more pictures from the 2013 conference.


The 2013 keynote presentation: "Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice: Impacting Community Health," Jason Kilmer



2012 Conference

TOGETHER!'s Substance Abuse a Community Response 2012

Showing drug epidemic statistics


Keynote: "From the Munchies to Memory Problems: What the Science Says about Marijuana, Meth, Alcohol, and Other Substances": Jason Kilmer, University of Washington



2011 Conference

TOGETHER!'s Substance Abuse a Community Response 2011

Sharing Kyle's story


Keynote: "Recent Trends in Drug Availability, Use and Trafficking in the Pacific Northwest": Steve Freng, NW HIDTA


2010 Conference


Our first year!


TOGETHER!'s Substance Abuse a Community Response 2010

For more information please contact TOGETHER.


(360) 493-2230 ext 10


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Platinum Sponsors


"Substance Abuse: A Community Response" is brought to you by TOGETHER!, the Thurston County Drug Action Team, Northwest HIDTA, and Thurston County Public Health & Social Services:




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