Yes, folks…You’ve followed our blog, and watched us on YouTube, and now Oregon Partnership will be expanding its drug prevention outreach via our Facebook page. Check it out. More to come…
“Media Messaging: Is it Really About the Message” and “Tackling Meth: Help in Your Community….I’ll be presenting those sessions tomorrow at the MidSouth Summer School on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Problems at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
That’s Little Rock, Arkansas, one of the few states where I haven’t touched down.
And I’ll tell them Oregon’s story in the meth battle. There are some relatively new developments on the meth prevention front – not the least of which is the virtual disappearance of deadly meth labs in Oregon. And now other states are taking note and action.
What can local drug prevention coalitions and groups do to help their cause via the media – old and new? A lot, of course…It’s always a topic that draws much interest.
– Pete Schulberg
Your support is needed to urge the NCAA to change its alcohol advertising policy when its leadership meets in early August. Visit the Center for Science in the Public Interest action center to learn more and send a message.
Alcohol dependence was once much more common among men than women in the U.S., but the gender gap is closing, Reuters reported May 5.
Researchers Richard A. Grucza of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and colleagues said that alcohol consumption and dependence have been rising among white and Hispanic women since the end of World War II, with women born between 1954 and 1963 much more apt to drink and have drinking problems than those born between 1944 and 1953.
“This is particularly disturbing because women with alcohol problems face more severe health-related consequences and possibly more years of life lost than their male counterparts,” the study noted.
“We found that for women born after World War II, there are lower levels of abstaining from alcohol and higher levels of alcohol dependence, even when looking only at women who drank,” Grucza said.
A changing cultural environment that saw more women going to college, entering the workforce, gaining purchasing power and defying gender stereotypes has played a role in alcohol-related trends among women, Grucza added. “They were freer to engage in a range of behaviors that were culturally or practically off-limits, and these behaviors probably would have included excessive drinking and alcohol problems,” he said.
Oregon Partnership continues to receive national recognition for its success in getting Nordstrom to stop selling Reef flip-flops with built-in flasks in each heel.
And to Nordstrom’s credit, they made the move quickly, right after receiving our letter. We’re gaining traction with national chains to stop selling products promoting binge drinking and underage drinking (ie flask flip-flops).
CADCA, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, wrote about it in their on-line newsletter.
Oregon Partnership’s training program is ramping up with our newest training about maximizing your web presence. Learn how to get your site and blogs in front of the widest audience possible.
Our trainer (and OP’s former crisis lines director) David Westbrook makes his living as a search engine optimization expert, so we’re talking an awesome opportunity here for non-profits and businesses.
The training happens December 10th from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch provided.
$175 for the training. To register, email Danny Slifman at firstname.lastname@example.org
As my 8-year old daughter would say…summer is so over. And OP is hitting the ground running while the leaves are starting to drop and the rain gives us a good excuse to whine about the weather for the next six or seven months.
But hey, on the last sunny day in Portland, OP supporters last week had a ball at the Bell-Blazers Classic Golf Tournament at the Reserve. A whole lot of former Blazers and present Blazer Steve Blake hit the links, not to mention various local celebrities.
All proceeds – for the second consecutive year – will go to Oregon Partnership alcohol and drug prevention programs.
Blazers front office dude, Kerry Nelson, scored a hole-in-one on the 142-yard 14th hole. Kerry’s group was the first at the 14th tee for the shotgun start, and yours truly was a witness, busy taking golfers’ money for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Portland State and Chop House if they landed on the green. Unfortunately, Kerry didn’t sign up. Next year!
Coach Nate McMillan spoke at the dinner following the tournament, saying the Blazers are going to run this year, and predicted Greg Oden will come back stronger than ever. And with the exception of Brandon Roy, no one has cinched a starting spot. That’s what training camp is for. And yeah, McMillan seemed very upbeat.
Meanwhile, OP is taking care of last minute details for next Tuesday’s airing of “Crystal Darkness.” TV stations up and down the state will be showing the program about the dangers of meth. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. OP will be handing the phone lines – for viewers who call in with questions and ask for help and guidance.
And on Thursday of this week, I’ll be moderating an OP-sponsored “Conversation with the Media” at Montgomery Park from 10 a.m.-noon. Call 503-244-5211 to register. We’ve got a dynamite panel, with some of Portland media’s heavy hitters.
– Pete Schulberg