Thanks to everyone who made our National Night Out booth so much fun!
Thanks to everyone who made our National Night Out booth so much fun!
September 2015

building opportunities for a
healthy & drug-free future
Oregon City Together
Some of our happy OCT Board members!
visit our website!
Now is a great time to get involved!
Parents, you are not alone. Talk, they listen!
Back-to-School RESOURCES FOR YOU
Check these excellent tools for support in having "the talk",:
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' Marijuana Talk Kit. 
  • iTalk is an online practice tool for those sometimes confusing conversations. It takes a couple of extra steps to get going, but it is well worth your time.
  • If you need a primer on what is and isn't legal in Oregon, you can find that here.
  • Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings are FREE. You can play a positive role in our community by signing up for an upcoming training.
  • And of course, our website Spread the Facts can be a very useful tool in getting the basic picture of marijuana and youth. 
Volunteers Needed!
We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the Hilltop Health & Safety Fair on September 19.
We invite you, our amazing volunteers, to help OCT by staffing our booth and sharing who we are with the community.

There are two shifts, and if you have time, we would love share some of it with you.

9am-12pm - Set up, pass out literature, and get folks excited about what Oregon City Together is doing!
12pm-3pm - Same as above, but tear down booth at the end.

If you are able to volunteer that day, please contact Jennifer at octogether@gmail.com
Save the Date! 
Smart Choices for a Safe Future: Parent/Youth Forum
Tuesday 10.20.2015
6:00 - 8pm
In coordination with Oregon City's Celebrate My Drive, we are hosting a parent/teen night with two very special speakers lined up. Plan to attend for an informative and inspiring evening.
Free and open to the public. More information is coming soon!
What We Are
Oregon City Together is a coalition of local agencies, individuals, and organizations dedicated to reducing youth substance abuse through community-level strategies. OCT is currently funded through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.
Who We Are 

Welcome to Fall!

We are eager for all that Fall brings to the Northwest - the excitement of a new school year, the beautiful landscape as the leaves begin to change, and the promise of a few raindrops to remind us that we do in fact live in the Pacific Northwest!  
Change has certainly been all around us, even as we wind down from the long days of summer. As of July 1st, recreational marijuana has become legal in Oregon. With this change, there are likely many questions about what this means for you, but perhaps more importantly, what this means for the children in our lives.
Choices we make as adults have a very different impact on our health and well-being compared to that of our children whose brains are still rapidly developing—in fact, until around age 25.
We hope that this season of change can prompt us to consider the needs of our growing children and how we can support and help them grow to be healthy young adults.

Did you know that you have the power to raise your children to be substance free?

It’s important to educate yourself and know where you stand on marijuana and alcohol use. And as important, do your children know where you stand?
Research shows that kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use. If you’re unsure on the subject, more than likely your children are too, which can open the door to adolescent experimentation
As a parent or other caring adult, when we look to prevent or change particular behaviors in children, we sometimes do so by attempting to instill fear or scare tactics.
When it comes to anti-substance use scare tactics, it may sound something like this:
  • See that mock crash, if you drink and drive, you will crash and you will die
  • Were you listening to the story that family told about their child’s drug overdose? If you take those pills, you will end up the same way as that child
  • Look at those awful pictures of meth users. That is what happens when people use meth.

Prevention experts discourage the use of scare tactics and here’s why:

  1. Youth are hardwired to defend against negative messaging: When the outcome doesn’t always match the message being delivered to them, they may discount it. “My friend took those same pills to get high many times and he’s just fine.”
  2. Young people filter information differently than adults: Most adults filter information using logic and rational thinking. Most teens, on the other hand, are naturally driven to engage in riskier, more impulsive behavior. Blame it partially on the adolescent brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for controlling impulses, exercising judgment and decision-making (which we just learned from above isn’t fully developed!).
  3. High-risk youth can be more attracted to risky behavior: Some youth are wired more strongly for sensation-seeking and are more impulsive risk-takers. Present such a youth with the chance to rebel by getting drunk or high and he/she may see it as thrill-seeking opportunity. The better approach here is to deliver a positive message about non-use, so as not to give a child something to rebel against.
  4. Strong warnings can send unintended messages: Overwhelming negative attention focused on anti-use may unintentionally send the message to children that it is a widespread problem and everyone must be doing it. Such misinterpretation leads to youth believing alcohol and drug use is the norm, that their peers are using, and that peers would be accepting of their choice to use.

Ok, that’s helpful, but now what can I do?  

When it comes to preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, focus efforts on teaching children what TO do, instead of what NOT to do, and reminding them regularly that the majority of youth do not use.
Research shows that parents and other caring adults can have the greatest impact on young lives by guiding them to make positive decisions, showing them healthy ways to cope, teaching them important resistance skills, and then giving them the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned.
Our youth hold a great deal of promise for our future. It’s up to us as parents and mentors to help guide them to put their best step forward!
Paige Hirt, Program Director
Laura Poore, Co-Chair

Source:Why Scare Tactics in Drug Prevention Messaging Don’t Work. Drug Free Action Alliance, 2013.
You are invited to
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
Eastham School
1404 7th Street
Room 209
Oregon City OR 97045 US
You're Invited:
Open Board Meeting & Reception

when: Tuesday September 22, 4:30 - 6:00 pm where: Eastham Community School, 1404 7th Street, Oregon City
what: Andrea Rohm from Parrott Creek and Dawn Wade from Clackamas County Juvenile Department will be on hand to discuss the current options for young people in need of early and supportive interventions. We would love to have you be a part of this conversation.
AND: There will be pie!!
more info: www.octogether.org . 503.785.7994
We look forward to seeing you!
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