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.
Tomorrow is Methamphetamine Awareness Day, and in the last couple of weeks, there has been a flurry of local and regional news coverage about how homemade meth labs have virtually disappeared in Oregon while meth continues to come into the state from Mexico. The good, the bad, and more importantly, the future comes to light.
The trends in the meth story we need to watch this year are the following:
*The quality of the drug has diminished as the price has gone up. And that's no accident.
The changing picture of meth use in Oregon continues to warrant expanded media coverage around the state.
A Eugene Register-Guard article by Rebecca Taylor November 24th explains that while meth labs have "all but disappeared in Lane County since the tightening last year of Oregon's laws restricting access to pseudoephedrine,...meth addition remains a serious problem in Oregon."
A big night for Oregon Partnership at tonight's Blazers-Magic game at the Rose Garden. That's when we're awared the oversized check at half-time for a whopping total of 40-thousand, 500 dollars - the money that was raised for OP at the 6th annual Bell Blazers golf tournament this past September. We're also going to be presenting a one-minute video about OP on the new and improved and BIG screen during half-time.
Yesterday's article in the Portland Tribune about the status of meth in Oregon was disturbing, yet not surprising to those of us at Oregon Partnership.
Reporter Nick Budnick tells us while meth labs in Oregon have virtually disappeared (now that pseudoephederine products are by prescription only), the supply of meth from Mexico is stepping up
Budnick's account is spot on, providing some compelling quotes from area law enforcement officers who must contend with a bigger supply of meth entering the state, while the quality goes down, the price goes up, and the damage to children and famil
Big kudos to Nordstrom.
While shopping there recently, I saw a product that was not worthy of the Nordstrom image: flip-flops with a built-in polyurethane flask in each heel.
The flip-flops, manufactured by Reef, also come with a tiny funnel for filling the flask and a plastic key to open the three-ounce flasks. They are advertised as a "drink come true."
So we wrote a letter to Nordstrom management and complained.
We've found that products like these are attractive to underage drinkers, and apparently Nordstrom agrees with us.
Eric Nordstrom, President of Nordstrom stores, c
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 dslifman@orpartne