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Med Return Box Arrives

We are happy to welcome a big, green, and good-for-you addition to Oregon City.  No, it isn’t the Green Goodie Monster (yet).  But the Med Return will definitely do its part for public health and safety by eating unused and expired meds.
You can meet our latest addition by visiting the Police Department (320 Warner Milne Road) Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The police department is a secure facility and the drop box is inside the secure lobby.

In order to drop off prescription drugs please visit the police department entry way, call Police on the phone and someone will let you inside to dispose of your drugs.  Visit their website for detail on what is accepted.

You can also drop old medications at the Police Department on Saturday April 28th from 9am to 12pm as part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative.

You can read the article in Oregon City News at this link.

Reduce the risk of medicine abuse/theft, and keep unused medications out of our water and waste treatment systems by bringing them in for safe disposal.

Teen Recovery Group

On Wednesdays from 4-6pm at Eastham Community School in Oregon City — high school students are meeting up with other teens in recovery, learning, and empowering each other.
Referral is needed — for additional information contact

February Update: Parent and Youth Surveys

Survey season is here.
If you are a parent with children in the Oregon City School District, you may be receiving a Parent Survey in your email box this month.  We hope you’ll take the time to complete it and be automatically entered to win a $50 Chevron gas card.  Your perspective is crucial in helping Oregon City Together develop an accurate picture of our social norms, concerns, and strengths effecting Oregon City’s youth.
Parents may also be asked this month for permission for your student to participate in this year’s Student Wellness Survey.  By participating in this survey, we are engaging with a statewide effort to gather useable information on current needs trends in our community.
We are currently seeking new members from Oregon City’s Healthcare and Business communities.
And please join the coalition in welcoming our newest Coalition member, Samantha Ferguson.  Sammy has stepped up to be our first youth representative.  Great things are in store!
Do you want to share & learn with other parents and mentors about how to talk to your kids about drugs and current trends in youth substance abuse?   If so, there is a place for you with Oregon City Together.  Parents & Allies Networkis currently forming and we are seeking a passionate parent to provide informal facilitation for this support network.The ideal point person will have some experience with the effects of substance abuse on kids and families.  Facilitation consists of bringing topics to the group for discussion and convening regular meetings.  This person should be inspired to share their own thoughts & experiences, and to listen & learn from other parents and allies.  Interested parties should send a letter of introduction to  Mention any personal experiences with the effects of substance abuse, your relationship to the Oregon City community, and to local parents and other allies to youth.
*Please note: This is not a formal support group or counseling of any kind, but is intended to give parents and allies a place to discuss trends, concerns, and strategies for proactive parenting.

November Update

Our November coalition meeting was very productive with lively discussion & action planning.
We heard from Kitty Huffstutter from Clackamas County Division of Children Youth and Families, who facilitated an excellent starting point for our community data and needs assessment.  This is the phase of development that allows the coalition to determine Oregon City’s measurable strengths and its concerns.  Once we have an accurate assessment of our needs as a community, we can to develop a focused and strategic approach to addressing them.
Also, please join the coalition in welcoming our newest Steering Committee members, Paige Hirt and Gerry Hill.
Paige Hirt, LPC, CADC I, holds a private mental health & addictions counseling practice in Oregon City.  As a parent with three children in Oregon City Schools, she brings personal dedication and professional insight to the coalition.
Rev. Gerry Hill has served as pastor at United Methodist Church in Oregon City since 2009.  His engaged and committed support of OC Together has led to advocacy of the Family Day initiative, thoughtful testimony to the City Council, and consistent positive framing of the coalition’s mission.
Notice!  There are still two openings on the Steering Committee, and we will be selecting new co-Chairs at our January meeting.  We are also currently seeking new members from Oregon City’s Healthcare and Business communities.  With the thoughtful participation of so many, there is no doubt that good things are in store.

Call for Data

Our next coalition meeting is coming up on Thursday, November 17th, and will feature a focused conversation about the risks and challenges specific to the children, youth, and young adults in Oregon City.   You can view the full agenda here.
You are encouraged to bring with you your experiences and data about substance abuse related concerns affecting young people in our community.  We will be breaking into small groups for detailed discussion.
To frame our conversation, here is a reminder that our newly adopted bylaws include this mission for the coalition:
The Oregon City Together coalition acts to identify, coordinate, and implement strategies that build opportunities for healthy development and reduce misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by Oregon City’s children, youth, and young adults.
Meeting details:
Thursday, November 17
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Eastham Community School,  Room 214

October Update

Many good things happening in Oregon City!
In September, O-City Together helped to raise awareness around Family Day, a Day to Have Dinner with Your Children, by way of a City and County proclamation, a booth at the Health Fair, announcements in church bulletins, posters and brochures at schools and local grocery stores, and PSAs on public access TV.

According to the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), teens from families that almost never eat dinner together are 72 percent likelier than the average teen to use illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, while those from families that almost always eat dinner together are 31 percent less likely than the average teen to engage in these activities.

Coming up in October, we will be collaborating with the Oregon City Police Department on a Prescription Drug Take-Back October 29th from 10-1.  This is a chance to get outdated meds out of your cabinet.  70% of people 12 & older who abuse prescription drugs get them from family members.  The more we understand safe disposal of left over prescription drugs, the safer our kids will be.
The decision was made to hold general meetings every two months, with the next one on Thursday November 17th from 4:30 – 6:00pm.  Hope to see you there!
Many thanks for all of your support.

September Happenings

Voices for Recovery - stories

Monday, September 26th 2011

Follow this link to read the excellent overview of Oregon City Together in the September 7th edition of Oregon City News.