Substance use by young people

It’s a good time of year to check out the page on School and Campus health on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.

SAMHSA’s stats and information on substance use and mental illness among young people are eye-opening for many people:

“In 2014, 9.4% of 12- to 17-year-olds (an estimated 2.3 million youths) reported using illicit drugs within the month prior to being surveyed…” and 13% to 20% of our young people experience a mental illness in a given year.

Opioids policy summit

Check out this first-of-its-kind opioids policy summit held last week — it brought together commissioners from Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, district attorneys and sheriffs, staff from county health and human services divisions, nonprofit treatment providers, regional hospital systems, health insurers and first responders.  Speaking at the event, our Executive […] Read more »

Sheriff Reese and CODA Director Hartnett talk opioids

Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese does a great podcast — check out his interview with CODA Executive Director Tim Hartnett on the opioid crisis. Reese has been probing this issue in a multi-part series, and is an articulate interviewer who makes this discussion inclusive, informative and accessible. Read more »

How would experts solve opioid crisis?

A well-researched and very well-illustrated article by Josh Katz in The New York Times asked a wide-ranging group of folks what they would do to really address this public health crisis. “How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis” covers […] Read more »

Rep. Bonamici keeps bringing people to the table

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)  once again got people talking about the opioid epidemic in Washington County last week. This was the fifth discussion the Congresswoman has convened on the opioid crisis, following similar events in Multnomah, Columbia, Clatsop, and Yamhill counties. Bonamici convened a discussion about the crisis with Washington […] Read more »

Oregon Recovers!

CODA will join Oregon Recovers this weekend at Portland’s Cinema 21 at a free showing of  the award-winning film, “The Anonymous People” and a moderated discussion about advocacy and recovery. Rep. Tawna Sanchez’s upcoming “Addiction Recovery Strategic Plan” legislation and registration for Oregon Recovers Lobby Day in Salem on Tuesday, […] Read more »