No surprise but still real troubling are the latest stats from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). A new report says 49 percent of full time college students binge drink and/or abuse prescription drugs. That's up 26 percent (college students who get drunk at least three times a month) since 1993.
Our crisis line folks are seeing an increase in calls to OP's Suicide Hotline since Renee Mitchell's column in the Oregonian two Mondays ago. Mitchell talked about OP's crisis lines and listed the numbers.
Meanwhile, HBO's "Addiction" series doesn't seem to have created an instant surge ofcalls to our HelpLine. Several of us attended the premiere of the "Addiction" special last week. Pretty powerful stuff and hammered the point home that addiction is a disease of the brain and that we're learning a whole lot more about how the brain functions regarding addiction. Nothing really in the
Tune into a number of cable TV channels - especially in the next several weeks - and you'll see a whole lot of shameless glorifying of underage drinking. Much of it is sponsored or promoted by beer companies.
I was watching a Travel Channel show the other night - "Top 10 Spring Break Spots" - and couldn't believe what I was seeing. Talk about blatant promotion for underage drinking.
Rosarita Beach, Mexico made the top 10 list because, as it was explained, it had a legal drinking age of 18 and besides, they didn't check ID's all that carefully.
The American Medical Association's su
Great column by Renee Mitchell in today’s O, following up on last week’s column. Our trained volunteers on Oregon Partnership’s crisis lines do a fantastic job…and talk about an economical, efficient, and vital public service!
Gen. Barry McCaffrey, NBC's military analyst and former White House Drug Czar, will be attending Oregon Partnership's annual dinner/auction June 9th. Seems that the General is a big fan of ours and over the years, has gotten to know OP folks, including President/CEO Judy Cushing and Stephanie Soares-Pump. And hey, he has family in Southern Oregon.
I met Gen.