In Oregon, voters rejected Ballot Measure 74, which would have created a system of unlimited dispensaries for medical marijuana. Proponents said it would help patients get their marijuana.
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with talented, creative, passionate and open-minded teens who want to give back to their communities.
Teens met regularly to discuss the issues affecting the Portland community and then created short films to share what they learned with the public. The films premiere this month.
Students Creating Entertainment for Neighborhood Empowerment (SCENE) is as unique as the youth who named the summer program.
Interesting article by Join Together's Bob Curley!
A new federal report may not show how many Americans are in recovery from alcoholism, but it does provide interesting insights into the number of adults who have quit drinking or abstain for health and other reasons.
There's a positive trend happening in Oregon involving high schoolers and middle schoolers. And in very large part, it has to do with parents taking a larger role in preventing underage drinking and teen drug abuse.
And for that, parents should be congratulated!
According to the Oregon Health Teens Survey, alcohol use among 11th graders and 8th graders (the classes surveyed) continues to go down. The same is true for illegal drugs, except for marijuana and the illegal use of prescription drugs.
The survey reports that the percentage of 11th graders who used alcohol in the mon
A few of my friends who attended Seattle Mariners and Seahawks games recently made the observation that there seem to be more drunk,unruly fans.
It’s not exactly something new they say, just a lot worse than in past years.
If you’re a sports fan, you’ve seen them: Obnoxious ticketholders with too much to drink hurling F-bombs right and left with a family of kids sitting two seats away.
This has been an issue with the NFL, where in some stadiums, fights and injuries are commonplace.
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars are increasingly turning to alcohol when they return home to cope with the lingering stress of their combat experiences, sometimes with tragic consequences, the New York Times reported July 8.
"The problem in today's military is soldiers have to be warriors, killers, do war, but we don't allow them any releases like we used to," said Bryan Lane, a former special forces sergeant who suffered a brain injury in Iraq and is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. "You can't go out and drink, you can't get into a fight.