Marijuana Harmless? Think Again.

October 28, 2009

It’s enough to get real about the effects of marijuana.

http://www.orpartnership.org/web/PDFs/clin_toxicol_47_517_2009.pdf


Old Navy T-Shirts Getting National Attention

October 20, 2009

From the recent e-newsletter from CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)….It all started with one letter from a prevention specialist in Bend, Oregon. On a recent back-to-school shopping trip, Cameo Chambers found t-shirts promoting binge drinking in her local Old Navy store.

 The shirts carry messages such as “Beer Pressure – Worth Giving In To!” and “Sloshball Champions – Staggerin Falls, Hi.”

 She wrote to the company and shared her concern with Oregon Partnership, a statewide organization dedicated to ending substance abuse and suicide. In response, Oregon Partnership has launched a campaign to have the shirts removed from stores. CADCA encourages all coalitions to follow suit and write to Old Navy’s parent company, Gap, Inc, requesting that they remove the shirts from store shelves.

In a letter to Glenn Murphy, CEO of Gap, Inc, Old Navy’s parent company headquartered in San Francisco, Oregon Partnership said the sale of such items to a young customer base is repugnant and goes against the company’s pledge of social responsibility.

“Oregon Partnership and other anti-drug coalitions around the country will not let go of this,” said Pete Schulberg, Oregon Partnership’s Communications Director. “Other retail chains have stopped the sale of these t-shirts because they know that promoting binge drinking to young people is something they don’t want to be a part of.”

In a written reply to OP’s request Chris Wingenfield of Gap Customer Relations said “at Old Navy, we strive to offer merchandise that appeal to a wide range of interests….it is never our intention to offend our customers and we apologize for any concerns related to our product.”

But Oregon Partnership President/CEO Judy Cushing termed Gap’s response “wholly unsatisfying.”

“Oregon Partnership and other anti-drug coalitions are making inroads in informing parents, educators, and the business community about how alcohol use among adolescents is even more dangerous to their developing brains than previously believed,” said Cushing. “But for the culture to be changed, retailers such as Gap and Old Navy need to play their part.”

The price of the t-shirts was lowered to $5.00 on the weekend before the start of most public schools in the state. “It is obvious to us that Old Navy is marketing the shirts to the back-to-school crowd, which is irresponsible and hypocritical,” Schulberg said.

During last year’s holiday season, the store prominently displayed t-shirts with a Christmas tree and the words “Let’s Get Lit.” Another showed an elf drinking from a keg.

This is not the first time a popular chain has sold something that glamorizes alcohol or drug use. Other national chains have sold similar items in the past but have discontinued their sale after receiving complaints from coalitions throughout the country.


Old Navy T-Shirt Story Gets Mucho Media Coverage

October 9, 2009

When Oregon Partnership complained about Old Navy stores selling alcohol-related t-shirts to teen customers, the media noticed.

Four Portland TV stations, a Eugene TV station, and several Portland radio stations aired extensive coverage, and the reaction is pouring into Oregon Partnership.

Most of what we are hearing  is positive from our point of view but for those who believe parents are responsible for what their kids buy and that Old Navy shouldn’t be held accountable,  remember this:

 By selling t-shirts with messages such as “Beer Pressure, Give in to it,” Old Navy is telling parents that the company doesn’t care about them, their kids, or their community. So much for the “social responsibility” that Old Navy and its parent company GAP, Inc. talk about.

OP is asking that Old Navy prove that they don’t dispute what most parents are telling their teens about the dangers of underage drinking and stop selling those t-shirts that encourage underage drinking or at the very least, make light of it.


OREGON PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AIMED AT OLD NAVY STORES: STOP SELLING T-SHIRTS PROMOTING BINGE DRINKING TO TEEN CUSTOMERS!

October 8, 2009

(Portland, Oregon)  Oregon Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating alcohol and drug abuse, has called for Old Navy stores to discontinue the sale of t-shirts with binge drinking messages such as “Beer Pressure – Worth Giving In To!” and “Sloshball Champions – Staggerin Falls, Hi.”

In a letter to Glenn Murphy, CEO of Gap, Inc, Old Navy’s parent company headquartered in San Francisco, Oregon Partnership said the sale of such items to a young customer base is repugnant and goes against the company’s pledge of social responsibility.

“Oregon Partnership and other anti-drug coalitions around the country will not let go of this.” said Pete Schulberg, OP Communications Director. “Other retail chains have stopped the sale of these t-shirts because they know that promoting binge drinking to young people is something they DON’T want to be a part of.”

See attachment for photo of t-shirt.  OP has other examples of the shirts for photo opportunities.

In a written reply to OP’s request, Chris Wingenfield of Gap Customer Relations said “at Old Navy, we strive to offer merchandise that appeal to a wide range of interests….it is never our intention to offend our customers and we apologize for any concerns related to our product.”

But Oregon Partnership President/CEO Judy Cushing termed Gap’s response “wholly unsatisfying.”

“Oregon Partnership and other anti-drug coalitions are making inroads in informing parents, educators, and the business community about how alcohol use among adolescents is even more dangerous to their developing brains than previously believed,” said Cushing. “But for the culture to be changed, retailers such as Gap and Old Navy need to play their part.”

The price of the t-shirts was lowered to $5.00 on the weekend before the start of most public schools in the state.

“It is obvious to us that Old Navy is marketing the shirts to the back-to-school crowd, which is irresponsible and hypocritical,” said Schulberg. “These are shirts that public schools would not allow kids to wear.

During last year’s holiday season, the store prominently displayed t-shirts with a Christmas tree and the words “Let’s Get Lit.” Another has an elf drinking from a keg.

Several years ago, after Oregon Partnership criticized Macy’s and Bloomingdales for selling similar t-shirts, the retailers decided to take the items off their shelves.  Other national chains have discontinued the sale of drinking games and similar products.

About Oregon Partnership:
Oregon Partnership is a statewide nonprofit that has worked to promote healthy kids and communities for well over a decade by raising awareness about drug and alcohol issues, providing prevention education in classrooms, and 24-hour crisis lines for people needing help. To learn more, visit www.orpartnership.org.


Rx Drug Abuse Increasing Among Youth

October 5, 2009

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise…in the general population and especially, among youth.

Oregon Partnership is trying to get the word out that the call volume for the OP crisis lines from those dealing with addiction to pain killers and other opiates is now second to alcohol-related calls.

 This is a relatively new occurance and a troubling one.

We met with KPTV(12) today about a half-hour special the station plans later in the year about this very subject. 

And where do most young people get their pills?  From their folks’ medicine cabinets or from friends’ parents’ medicine cabinets!  It’s a subject that needs to get out in the public arena.


Oregon Partnership Among “Best Oregon Non-Profits”!

October 1, 2009

Oregon Partnership placed in the top 25 of the “100 Best Non-Profits in Oregon, sponsored by Oregon Business magazine.  OP board members and staff were on hand for the big awards ceremony this week at the Portland Art Museum. 

Click here for more…