Oregon Congressional Members Announce Federal Funding for Oregon Partnership to Combat Meth
Congressman Greg Walden (OR-2), Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (OR-5), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), and Congressman David Wu (OR-1) joined together to announce $375,000 in federal funding for the Oregon Partnership to combat methamphetamine abuse in Oregon. The Oregon members secured the federal investment in the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Act (H.R. 3093), poised to pass the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
Oregon Partnership will use the funds to operate Target Meth Oregon, a statewide multi-pronged strategy that empowers citizen leaders, parents, business and faith leaders, and youth to take back their communities from methamphetamine abuse.
Target Meth Oregon will create a community organizing guide, produce localized anti-meth advertisements, and operate a 24/7 Crisis Line accessible from throughout the state. The funds will also be used to produce Youth Voices / Youth Choices, an innovative student-driven film project providing students the opportunity to write and produce their own documentary on methamphetamine abuse.
"Across the state, Oregon Partnership educates local leaders on how to identify meth abuse and production in their communities, and provides creative drug prevention programs that speak directly to Oregon's youth," Congressman Walden said. "The far-reaching effects of meth on human life and the environment are tremendously devastating, and the federal investment we secured in the House will help Oregon Partnership continue to lead the fight against this terrible scourge. I stand with the rest of the delegation and Oregon Partnership in continuing to make the campaign against meth a top priority for the state."
"Never in my three decades of public service have I seen a problem more pervasive or damaging than the meth epidemic," said Congresswoman Hooley, a member of the Congressional Caucus to Fight & Control Methamphetamine. "Meth started as a West Coast drug but it's spreading across the country like wildfire, destroying families and devastating communities in its wake. Identity theft and other crimes associated with meth abuse continue to threaten our economy and it is only with a united front that we will be able to stop this epidemic."
"Local communities are spending millions of dollars to mitigate the consequences of methamphetamine addiction at a time when they can least afford to do so," said Congressman Blumenauer. "Meth use and addiction pose grave problems for every community in Oregon. We're making great strides in the fight against this serious epidemic. I am pleased the federal government is helping us by funding the Oregon Partnership, which will help further the campaign against methamphetamine abuse."
"Our collective voice needs to be louder than those pushing the methamphetamine that creates havoc in our communities," Congressman Wu said. "With these funds, Oregon Partnership will have the resources to arm even more community members in the fight against methamphetamine, and for safe communities and healthy kids."
Oregon Partnership is a statewide non-profit that promotes healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, prevention programs, and a 24 hour crisis line for treatment referrals. Oregon Partnership works with schools and community coalitions statewide and provides resources to educate on the dangers of substance abuse.