An unprecedented event occurred throughout Oregon on the evening of October 5th, 2007, and Oregon Partnership played a major role to make it a stunning success.
“Crystal Darkness,” a half-hour documentary focusing on the dangers of methamphetamine, was aired simultaneously on 22 Oregon television stations. The program, which included examples of the scourge of meth and the advantages of prevention, generated huge viewership and several hundred calls to an extensive phone bank coordinated by the Oregon Partnership crisis lines center.
IMPACT: The program produced by Global Studio of Reno
The Portland Tribune’s recent article about meth was excellent and reflects our current situation in Oregon (One meth problem replaces another, Nov 20).
However, I believe there are some points that need clarification.
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."
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
What a night!
We're talking this past Tuesday night, when more than 300-thousand homes in the Portland area were tuned into Crystal Darkness, the half-hour documentary focusing on the dangers of meth and the importance of prevention. Twenty-five TV stations around the state aired the program simultaneously at 7:30 p.m.
Oregon Partnership organized the phone bank brigade - some 75 trained volunteers taking calls from viewers. OP's crisis lines operate 24-7, so we know what we're doing when it comes to assistance and treatment referral via the phone.
During the program, some 300 calls
It's been years since I've ventured to Tillamook County (and there ain't no ocean near the city limits cause it's inland) but on Monday and Tuesday of this week, OP's Danny Slifman and I conducted several trainings on OP's "Target Meth" Drug Prevention Tool Kits.
Folks involved in community issues showed up and got the latest on what's going on with meth prevention, education and treatment. Danny - who helped author the tool kits - was a wealth of information, including how to set up power point presentations so that the workshop
With the new legislation controlling the sale of Pseudoephedrine almost one year out, some amazing results are starting to come in.