What a night!
We’re talking this past Tuesday night, when more than 300-thousand homes in the Portland area were tuned into Crystal Darkness, the half-hour documentary focusing on the dangers of meth and the importance of prevention. Twenty-five TV stations around the state aired the program simultaneously at 7:30 p.m.
Oregon Partnership organized the phone bank brigade – some 75 trained volunteers taking calls from viewers. OP’s crisis lines operate 24-7, so we know what we’re doing when it comes to assistance and treatment referral via the phone.
During the program, some 300 calls came in – some from addicts wanting help, others from family and friends of addicts, but most of the calls from those wanting more information about the issue.
Make no mistake and the scientists researching meth will tell you this: the first time using meth, you’re addicted. So we at OP believe prevention is the key to making a dent in the meth crisis.
Oh, and that number to call for more info: 1-800-923-HELP.