The latest update on Veteran Suicides is out - and it's worse than previous estimates.
It was shocking enough when an average of 18 US Veterans committed suicide each day. New, more accurate figures move that toll to 22. Which equals one US Vet death by suicide every 65 minutes.
Jordin Hall had enough. A bullied gay teen in the town of LaGrande, Oregon finally went to the playground and hung himself from a play structure last year. Eventually he was removed from life support.
Life support. It's a term to ponder, especially for those who are the victims of bullying. In a way, that's what the Lines for Life YouthLine offers teens: Life support.
By Celia Vimont |
Using the designer drugs known as “bath salts” is like playing Russian roulette with your brain, according to an expert at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Michael H. Baumann, PhD, Chief of the Designer Drug Research Unit at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, recently published a study that explains how bath salts cause dangerous effects in the brain.
This is one top ranking Oregon doesn't want. And the State of Washington is number three on the list.*
Prescription pain pill abuse is a huge concern, and Oregon has the highest rate of nonmedical use of prescription pain drugs. This category of drugs are often known by their brand names: OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol and others. These are opioids - synthetic versions of opium.
Because opioids cause euphoria, they have been associated increasingly with misuse and abuse.
And they carry a huge potential for addiction.
Welcome to Lines for Life – the new identity for Oregon Partnership. We’ve chosen this name because it is evocative of the work we do in preventing substance abuse and suicide.
We provide many different lines of assistance: