Listen to 92.3 FM KGON And Help Raise Funds for the Military Helpline This Thursday!

November 16, 2011

http://www.kgon.com/pages/11343585.php?

KGON (92.3 Classic Rock radio station) is conducting a radiothon on Thursday, 11/17, from 10am until 7pm PST benefiting the Military Helpline.  KGON will be generating awareness for the helpline, soliciting on-air donations, and auctioning off items like autographed memorabilia and concert events.  All proceeds generated will go directly to the Military Helpline.


It’s Drug Facts Week – take the quiz!

November 4, 2011

We are joining teens, parents, teachers, and scientists across America during National Drug Facts Week by offering up our own shoutout for educating teens about drug abuse.

Take the drug IQ test: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/iqchallenge.php

Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Drug Facts Week is an official health observance designed to shatter the myths and spread the facts about drug abuse and addiction.


Like Oregon Partnership on Facebook – Enter to win a $500 gift certificate to Encore Audio Video!

October 31, 2011

Oregon Partnership is the Northwest leader in preventing suicide and substance. We’re launching a Facebook drive between November 1 and 15th. Not only will this raise the level of awareness for Oregon Partnership and its mission to prevent substance abuse and suicide, but there’s a prize!

Thanks to Entercom Communications and Carr Auto Group, one fan will win a little help during the holidays with a $500 gift certificate to spend on the items of your choice at NW Sony Only/Encore Audio Video or Carr Auto Group!!

Don’t just sit there – click there and like us!

* Gift certificate expires 12/31/2011


Time to get rid of your unused or uneeded meds before they fall into the wrong hands!

October 24, 2011

Over 400 Oregonians died last year of prescription drug overdoses – that’s nearly five times the number of deaths by homicide. Imagine how awful you’d feel if some of those drugs had come from your own medicine chest. Hard to grasp, but it’s a fact: 70 percent of abused prescription drugs come from friends and family members – usually without their knowledge.  And only five percent come from drug dealers. Stolen drugs are more likely to end up in the hands of teens and young adults and too often lead to even worse addictions and illegal drug use down the road.

Prescription drugs are now the second most abused substance reported to our Oregon Partnership crisis lines.

Here’s what you can do to help: Lock up the medicines you want, and properly dispose of unused or unneeded medications. Don’t flush them down the toilet, that just ends up in our water supply.

This Saturday from 10 AM until 2 PM you can drop off your meds at a number of places through out Oregon and the nation for proper disposal.  You can find your nearest location by logging on to http://www.DEA.gov or phone (800) 882-9539.

This is a national drug take back effort modeled on one created by Oregon Partnership and the OMAA back in March of 2010. At the last event in April, Oregonians returned over 9,000 pounds of drugs to 62 sites throughout the state.

Lock up the prescriptions you need. Turn in the others for proper disposal this Saturday, October 29th.

Thanks!


Second Base Wonder

September 24, 2011

(Editor’s note: Prevention starts with parenting – and that relationship is key to great outcomes)

Coaching children inspires wonder.  My son played T-Ball, I coached.  Endeavoring to teach more than just the rules of the game, this time spent brought more just than lessons. Blaine’s team of six year old T-ballers first game played on a warm Wednesday summer evening after only two practice sessions. Blaine got a hit, ran to first base, safe.  Next batter got a hit too, and Blaine took off for second base, but stopped half way there. He was forced out.

I asked him why he stopped and he told me that two players were holding both of their arms in the air, four arms flailing, waving for him to stop, so he thought, so he did. I explained that the second baseman and the short stop of the other team where calling for the ball to be thrown to them, to get him out, not calling for him to stop. “Next time, Blaine, run all the way to second base. Don’t worry about the other guys.”

Our second game followed Saturday morning. This game too found Blaine safe at first with one out. Blaine’s teammate hit a nice little fly off the T. Blaine ran to second. The short stop caught the ball. Pretty wonderful, any kid making any catch at this level. The other coach starts yelling at his team to ‘throw the ball to first!’, and I start yelling to Blaine ‘run back to first!’  Parents from both sides adding their loud voices, the frantic cacophony seemed to last eternal minutes, the kids all confused about what was going on, why so much yelling, at who, and for what. Finally, after enough time for Blaine to run to back to first at least four times over, the other team gets the ball to first base, Blaine still standing proud, both feet firmly planted on second. Blaine is out. Double play. Inning over. Josh runs out taking the field, bringing Blaine his glove. Blaine still stands tall atop his base.

I go out to second base, explain to Blaine what happened. He is not consoled; with one knee in the dirt, I put him on my other knee, arm around his small shoulder, reassuring him it is OK. Silent teardrops drip down his cheeks. To no avail I offer several more “it’s OK”s, and “you didn’t know this rule.”  Finally I whisper in his ear “I still love you Blaine.” Only then he takes his glove and turn in right field.

That evening, on a trip to Frosty Boy’s for ice cream with his sister Loretta, I ask Blaine what lesson he learned about baseball that day, hoping for an answer like ‘half way on fly’, or ‘tag up on a fly’ or such. His response moved me more than ever expected.  He said:

“I learned you love me even when I am out.”

jba


Suicide Prevention Week

September 7, 2011

This past weekend a man checked into a hotel in Portland. Within the next five minutes he rode the elevator up to the 15th floor, went into his room, put his luggage down on the bed, walked straight to the window, took off his shoes and jumped to his death.

Suicide.

We don’t want to talk about it. We’re afraid of the stigma. Yet this lack of discussion and submission to fear allows suicidal thoughts to fester.

Each year over 500 people in Oregon die from suicide. Oregon’s suicide rate is 35 percent higher than the national average.

It doesn’t have to happen.

Suicide is preventable.

Suicide claims approximately 1 million lives worldwide each year, resulting in one suicide every 40 seconds. There are an estimated 10 to 20 suicide attempts per each completed suicide, resulting in several million suicide attempts each year.

Risk factors remain essentially the same from country to country. Mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, unemployment and vulnerability to self-harm are just a few examples of risk factors.

Protective factors are also the same in all corners of the world. High self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, supportive family and friends are all examples of factors that buffer against suicide and suicidal behaviors.

So what can you do if you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, or have suicidal thoughts yourself? Call our Suicide Lifeline and talk with one of our highly trained staff 0r volunteers anonymously. They can help you sort out the issues and help you come up with a plan to stay safe.

It’s been said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem

There’s a much better solution: Talk about it.

Please call us 24/7 at (503) 273–TALK (8255) or 1-(800) SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

 

– Tom


No, No, No: Amy Winehouse dies after long fight with substance abuse

July 25, 2011

Done too soon.

Singer Amy Winehouse died this week at the age of 27.

We don’t know the cause of death at this point, but we do know how much Amy struggled with substance abuse. Amy, who won five Grammys in 2008 at the age of 24, had a long history of alcohol abuse and taking drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy.

Her mother, Janis Winehouse, said that her daughter’s death had been “only a matter of time.”

Considered one of the most important artists of this era, Amy Winehouse was beloved by fellow musicians and fans for her incredible talent. British comedian and actor Russell Brand, who is also a former drug addict, posted a tribute to Winehouse: “Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius… that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine.”

Now that greatness is gone.

Substance abuse is an agent of death that knows no socio-economic boundry. It is an equal-opportunity destroyer of dreams and lives.

Yet there is hope. Recovery is possible. Tragic endings don’t have to happen. New, fulfilling, productive, enjoyable substance-free life is available.

If you, or someone you love, are struggling with any kind of substance abuse, call us. Our Helpline is free, anonymous and available 24/7 to listen and help, not judge. We can point you in the right direction even if you’re simply worried or wondering about a person close to you.

800 923-4357

Your call.

-Tom