Eugene TV Stations Sign Up to Air “Crystal Darkness”

September 25, 2007

Oregon TV stations are rallying around “Crystal Darkness,” the anti-meth documentary due to air October 9th.   Now comes word that the network affiliates in Eugene will all be carrying the program.

 Here’s the Action Alert Oregon Partnership is sending out…

Crystal Darkness – Meth’s Deadly Assault On Our Youth, is a gripping documentary underscoring the frightening truth about Meth’s devastating impact on our youth and their families. Meth continues to destroy our neighborhoods and families This is the night the community fights back. Make sure your family watches this historic program which is being shown on TV stations throughout Oregon. The program will air on Tuesday, October 9th, from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The campaign organizers have successfully set up a simultaneous TV roadblock in the Portland and Eugene area, and other stations are being added statewide over the next few weeks. Crystal Darkness educational booklets will be made available statewide through Educational Service Districts, and trainings will take place to help educate the public. Please join in the efforts to help stop the spread of meth in your community, and take action today. If you have questions or want to get involved with the campaign, contact: Jim White
Oregon Crystal Darkness Campaign Director


Roadblock! Portland TV Stations Airing Anti-Meth Program

September 17, 2007

When was the last time a half dozen Portland stations aired the same show at the same time? How about never.

No one will be able to say that after October 9th.  Or if they did, they’d be wrong. 

“Chrystal Darkness,” a half-hour special focused on the meth issue and the perils of the dangerously addictive drug,  will be happening Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 p.m. on all of Portland’s network-affiliated stations.

The program, originally produced by a Nevada-based production company and aired in Las Vegas and Reno, will be edited to include Oregonians involved in the issue.

Oregon Partnership will provide personnel on a 50-plus phone bank, ready to answer viewer questions and provide assistance. 

Here’s more from the show producers:

Methamphetamine first appeared in Oregon in the early ’80s. Since that time, Meth addiction has grown and is considered an epidemic by law enforcement agencies and concerned communities. Local businessman Jim White is spearheading a campaign that highlights the perils of Meth, and reaches out to people struggling with addiction through a 30-minute documentary titled Crystal Darkness will be aired by most local television stations at 7:30pm on October 9th, 2007. Television stations currently participating in a simultaneous roadblock include KPTV, KPDX, KOIN, KATU, KGW and KRCW. Comcast Cable will also be airing the documentary on channel 14. Other stations are being added statewide over the next few weeks.The Crystal Darkness Campaign originated in Nevada and was a unique collaboration between local media, government leaders, schools, law enforcement, recovery specialists, churches, and the business community. Because of the publicity leading up to the airing of Crystal Darkness, it is believed to be the most watched program in history for Nevada. Further, in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands of students received high-impact brochures designed for discussion with parents and friends. The same will be true for the Oregon campaign with nearly 2 million pieces of literature being printed for statewide distribution.The initial response to the documentary was dramatic, with countless families and individuals watching. Hundreds of addicts called-in for assistance as well as others seeking more information. A fifty phone call center is being planned for the night the documentary airs in Oregon. Yet, the television Campaign is just the beginning. Community-wide results of the historic airing will be realized for years to come. One of the most significant affects of the campaign in Nevada was the way it mobilized communities to fight back and protect youth and neighborhoods against this terrible drug. Prevention is the key to success against the results form using this drug. The campaign will focus great attention on prevention through the schools by creating a teachable moment for the youth and parents of Oregon.Many organizations have joined forces to combat this issue. Please join with these and others to fight for our children and communities against this terrible drug.


September 11, 2007


Oregon Partnership calls for more awareness, saying suicides can be prevented.

(Portland, Oregon) More than 30,000 people die by their own hands in the United States, compared to an average of 18,000 homicides. And Oregon has the 6th highest suicide rate in the nation.

Despite these shocking statistics, the subjects of suicide and suicide prevention are too often ignored.

During National Suicide Prevention Week – September 9th through Septembers 15th – Oregon Partnership is calling attention to ways to prevent suicide, especially in light of the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC reported this week that suicide among youth between the ages of 15 and 24, jumped 8 percent. That reverses a 28 percent decline for that age group that began in 1990.

The suicide rate among preteen and young teen girls increased dramatically by 76 percent, a spike federal health officials are a loss to explain.  “This latest data shows that we need to do more in the way of public education about suicide prevention,” says Leslie Storm, director of the Oregon Partnership crisis lines.

Oregon Partnership, a statewide non-profit providing alcohol and drug prevention education, operates four crisis lines, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. “Lifeline,” a suicide help line, has helped some six thousand callers in the past year.

The help line at 1-800-273-TALK is the only suicide line in Oregon certified by the National LifeLine Network and serves as a national suicide intervention model.

“Our staff and volunteers are trained in crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and motivation counseling,” says Storm. “Each caller asking for assistance is offered a return call by staff member to insure that the crisis has deescalated.” While the details of his hospitalization are still sketchy, comedy actor Owen Wilson’s apparent suicide attempt, may bring much-needed attention to the issue. Most of those who die by suicide give warning signs: They suffer from depression or another diagnosable mental illness.

“Few people take their lives without first letting someone know how they feel,” says Storm. “Those considering suicide often tell their peers of their thoughts and plans. Most seek out someone to rescue them.”

“Most suicidal individuals don’t want death. They just want the pain to stop.”

The American Association of Suicidology recommends the following actions after identifying suicidal warning signs in another person:

* Be direct. Talk openly about suicide.

* Be willing to listen. Allow expression of feelings and accept them.

* Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

* Do not be sworn to secrecy. Seek help and support.

* Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, such as a community mental health center, counselor, mental health professional or clergy.

Hands Across the Bridge: 6th Year and Counting

September 4, 2007

For more than a thousand people in recovery, the 6th annual “Hands Across the Bridge” on Labor Day was a joyous while significant occasion.  Under sunny skies and a glorious view of Mount Hood, participants from the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia met at the middle of the Interstate Bridge forming a human chain.

It was billed as a “Celebration of Recovery: Saving Lives, Saving Dollars.”  And the smiles spread from the river bank to river bank. 

The event is sponsored by the Recovery Association Project, and I had the honor of speaking for a few minutes before the bridge march about the importance of the recovery community providing volunteers for the OP crisis lines.  Many of our volunteers are in recovery, and because of their awareness, compassion, and experiences, they are among the most effective people we have on the crisis lines.   

For most of these folks, becoming clean and sober is the hardest thing they’ll ever do in their lives.  And on Monday, they had ever reason to celebrate their accomplishments and what they are giving back to their families, friends, and communities.

It was a pleasure to work with Bart Sowa, Patty Katz and the others in getting some publicity for the event.  Next year, we all agreed that we need to get the governors from Oregon and Washington to be at the head of the line when the state’s contingents meet at the center of the bridge.

 Pete Schulberg

Hands Accross The Bridge 2007