S.W. PORTLAND TOWN HALL TARGETS UNDERAGE DRINKING AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 A town hall comprised of teens, parents, and community members will address local attitudes, challenges, and solutions surrounding the issue of underage drinking and drug abuse.

The event is part of the Multnomah County Underage Drinking Pilot Project and is a collaborative effort among Multnomah County, Oregon Partnership and Wilson and Marshall High Schools.

A student team at Wilson High School has been meeting every week since December of last year, collecting data from fellow students and researching local alcohol and drug issues.  

The students will be sharing their survey results at the town hall and joined by community members from local schools, neighborhoods and businesses.
WHERE: St Barnabas Episcopal Church
                 2201 S.W. Vermont Street
                 Portland, Oregon 97219

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2010
PROJECT GOALS:

*To develop a youth-led media campaign to create policies that maintain a healthy and safe environment.

*To create partnerships in the community to raise public awareness.

*Assess minor-in-possession policy and enforcement and recommend positive changes.

*Collect data about underage drinking and substance abuse using community surveys, focus groups and the Student Wellness Survey.
OREGON PARTNERSHIP

Founded in 1993, Oregon Partnership is a 501-3c non-profit organization whose mission is to end substance abuse and suicide.
 
OP is the state’s leading non-profit organization that promotes healthy communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs, and 24-hour crisis lines for treatment referral, crisis counseling, and suicide intervention.

OP’s crisis lines are now receiving more than 30-thousand calls annually, including an increasing number of calls for help from veterans and returning soldiers.  As a result, OP has recently begun offering more outreach and assistance to the military community in Oregon.

To learn more, visit www.orpartnership.org

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