March 29, 2010


 (Portland, Or)  Twenty beautifully crafted children’s chairs painted by Portland artists are making a pre-event splash at the corner of S.W. 4th and Morrison in downtown Portland.

Currently on display at the former Nordstrom Rack storefront, the chairs will be auctioned off at Oregon Partnership’s annual fundraising auction and gala.  “Night at the Museum” takes place April 16th at the Portland Art Museum.

The children’s chairs are poised to be a popular auction item, along with other travel and vacation packages that are a staple of Oregon Partnership’s largest fundraising event.

 “’The Seats to Save Lives’ will touch people’s hearts,” says Margo Jacobsen-Greeve, Portland art consultant who recruited local artists for the project.  “Oregon Partnership helps so many people in a lot of different ways, and the artists all felt they had something to contribute.”

The artists include Kim Osgood, Katherine Ace, Karen Esler, Susan McKinnon, Ann Munson, Noriko Becraft, Scott Cameron, Monica Cordell, Carol Grigg, Liza Jones, Yuzi Hiratsku, Mary Wells, David Nez, Jill Mayberry, Jenny Mark, Cynthia Mosser, Bill Brewer, Judy Vogland, and Trude Parkinson

For over 16 years, Oregon Partnership has been the state’s premier resource for drug abuse prevention education, treatment referral and crisis intervention.

In the past year, calls to Oregon Partnership’s 24-hour crisis lines have increased by 50% and calls to OP’s suicide intervention line have tripled. More and more returning soldiers, veterans, and their families are turning to OP for help.

Honorary co-chairs for “Night at the Museum” are Major General Mark Graham and Carol Graham.  The Grahams have been vocal advocates for suicide prevention in the military, where suicide has been at record levels.

The couple lost two sons – one by suicide, the other while saving his platoon from a bomb explosion in Iraq.

“My sons died fighting different battles,” says Gen. Graham, a 32-year military man who served in Desert Storm. “There are people hurting, and we need to recognize it.”

Sponsors for the April 16th event include Oregon Iron Works, Inc., Regence, Taco Bell, Fox 12 Oregon, NW Natural, The Standard, King Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Power, Oregon Investment Development Corporation, and MCS Financial Advisors.


Study Says Educated People Drink More Alcohol

March 24, 2010

Interesting article by Join Together’s Bob Curley!

A new federal report may not show how many Americans are in recovery from alcoholism, but it does provide interesting insights into the number of adults who have quit drinking or abstain for health and other reasons.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics estimated in its Health Behaviors of Adults: United States, 2005-2007 report (PDF) that 61.2 percent of American adults currently drink alcohol, but that 24.6 percent are lifetime abstainers and 14.3 percent of Americans call themselves former drinkers.

Of the latter, 8.1 percent said they are former infrequent drinkers, while 6.2 percent classified themselves as former regular drinkers. Pat Taylor, executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery, said more research is needed on why people decided to stop drinking, particularly those who formerly were regular drinkers.

“Until we understand that, we won’t be able to help the over 22 million Americans still struggling with alcohol and other drug problems,” said Taylor.

Men (67.6 percent) were more likely than women (55.3 percent) to be current drinkers. More white adults were current drinkers (64.2 percent) than members of any other ethnic group; Asians were the least likely to drink (43.1 percent).

Most of the current alcohol users surveyed were considered to be light drinkers (29.3 percent), while 14.4 percent were classified as moderate drinkers, 12.3 percent were considered infrequent drinkers, and 5 percent were labeled heavy drinkers (having more than 7 drinks per week for women, or more than 14 drinks per week for men, on average, during the past year).

The study found a distinct correlation between income and education level and alcohol use, but not one that fits with the stereotype of the poor, ignorant drunk. In fact, current drinking levels increased steadily alongside education, with holders of masters, doctorate, or medical degrees far more likely to drink (73.9 percent) than individuals who did not graduate from high school (44.3 percent). The richest Americans also were much more likely to drink than those living below poverty level.

Interesting, the inverse was true among those adults who had chosen to quit drinking: holders of the most advanced degrees were half as likely to have ended their former infrequent or regular drinking as high-school dropouts, and poor Americans likewise were more likely to have stopped drinking than richer ones.
One in Five Americans Still Smoke

Smoking remains stubbornly persistent in certain U.S. populations despite decades of health warnings: according to the NCHS report, 20.4 percent of American adults are current smokers.

The good news: 21.1 percent of U.S. adults said they had quit smoking, and 58.5 percent said they never smoked. Sixteen percent of adults lit up daily, while 4 percent said they smoked less than once a day. Daily smokers consumed an average of 17 cigarettes per day, compared to 5 per day for non-daily smokers (on the days that they smoked).

About 4 in 10 smokers said they had tried to quit during the year prior to the survey. The report found that 31.8 percent of current smokers started smoking before age 16, while just 17.1 percent began at age 21 or older. Men were more likely than women to smoke, but were more apt to quit smoking, too.

The report, based on 2005-2007 National Health Interview Surveys, also looked at sleep, obesity and exercise rates among American adults. “Despite evidence of the potential harm of some health behaviors and substantial efforts to disseminate this information to the public, many Americans continue to engage in health behaviors that put them at risk of chronic disease and disability,” the report stated.

“Face It, Parents” Spring Break Campaign Wants to Keep Kids Active

March 19, 2010

 A Spring Break campaign gets under way this week raising  awareness about the dangers of underage drinking, keeping kids healthy, and offering alternatives.

“We know that at Spring Break or during any extended time away from school one of the key points for parents is keeping their kids active and busy,” says Emily Moser, Oregon Partnership’s Parenting Programs Director.

During Spring Break, teens should enjoy their time off in healthy ways, such as sports, outdoor activities, art projects and volunteering in the community.

A list of suggested activities and links will be featured on Oregon Partnership’s website at www.orpartnership.org.

The campaign is part of the Oregon Department of Human Services “Face it, Parents” underage drinking prevention initiative, coordinated by Oregon Partnership and Community Action to Reduce Substance Abuse (CARSA).

A letter from Portland area law enforcement officials, including Portland Police Chief, Rosie Sizer and Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton,  will be going out to parents explaining that to help prevent underage drinking, parents have more influence over their teens than anyone.

Free movie tickets (limit of two per request) for the week of March 22nd will also be available on the website while supplies last.  The tickets will be good for admission to any Regal theater.  Just call Oregon Partnership at 503-244-5211.

Face it, Parents public service announcements will be airing on radio stations, KGON (92.3 FM), The Buzz (105.1 FM) and K-103 (103.3 FM).

Suggestions for parents:
    *Talk to each of your children and express your strong disapproval of  
     underage alcohol and drug use.  This is a very powerful step!

     *Tell your teens they may not go to parties where alcohol or drugs are consumed, but remind them that they can always call you if they get into a bad situation.  Still, check with other parents before you allow your teen to attend a party.

    *Monitor your home alcohol supplies.  Kids often get alcohol from homes.  Consider a lock for your liquor cabinet or storing less alcohol in your home, and track alcohol supplies.

 *Report any suspected parties to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s dispatch center at (503) 872-5070.
     *Plan fun activities for your teen and family.  For activity ideas during spring break, visit www.orpartnership.org.  Don’t be fooled when your kids says it’s not cool to do things with parents. They really value the time you spend with them. 

          For more information about underage drinking and resources for families,   
          visit www.FaceitParents.com.

Don’t Miss Prescription Drug Turn-In Day!

March 12, 2010

On March 13, 2010 a grassroots Prescription Drug Turn-In event will be held in a community near you!drug prevention - lock your meds

This event is an opportunity for your community to take their unwanted drugs to a central location for incineration. The Turn-In event is sponsored and spearheaded by the Oregon Medical Association Alliance, CARSA, Oregon Partnership and other drug prevention community groups.

We encourage interested community members and coalitions to join our effort to raise awareness on the danger of prescription drug abuse by adults and teens.

Click here for a list of local Turn-In events and contact information.

Click here for more information on the Prescription Drug Turn-In event.

This first-ever statewide Prescription Drug Turn-In Day will take place in over thirty Oregon cities. With prescription drug abuse on the rise in Oregon and across the country, organizers are asking Oregonians to turn in their expired and unwanted drugs while promoting safe storage of prescription drugs through the “Lock Your Meds” campaign, sponsored by the National Family Partnership.

Watch “Teens and Drugs: Prescription for Abuse”

March 5, 2010

The Fox 12 Oregon special aired at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6 on KPDX(49) and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 on KPTV(12).

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 Click here to watch the program.