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DHS news release

January 13, 2004

Program Contact: Karen Wheeler (503) 945-6191
Contact: Patricia Feeny (503) 945-6955

State presents annual alcohol and drug abuse program awards


The Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs presents annual awards to recognize individuals and organizations for their commitment to reducing alcohol and other substance abuse problems.

The awards ceremony is Tuesday, January 20, 11:15 a.m. in Hearing Room 50 of the State Capitol in Salem.

The Governors Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs was created in 1985. The Council presents four awards for outstanding achievement Community Award, Media Award, Youth Community Service Award and the Thomas R. Dargan Award, named for the first chairman of the Governors Council and given to a committed and dedicated humanitarian.

The recipients of 2003 awards are:

•Thomas R. Dargan Award

Bart Murray, CEO, New Directions Northwest, Inc.

Bart Murray, of Baker City, has been with Northwest Directions Norwest, Inc. (NDN) for 20 years. NDN is a small, rural agency providing Adult, Adolescent and Women & Children's Intensive Residential Treatment Programs; Adult and Adolescent Outpatient Treatment; Outpatient Specialized Groups (including prevention, domestic violence, and DUII); and Adult Correctional Facility Programs. Murray is recognized for his outstanding spirit, citizenship, compassion, humanity and leadership in reducing alcohol and other drug abuse programs. He designed, developed and implemented five new successful addiction programs. Under his guidance, NDN received three substantial grants, which allowed the agency to upgrade and expand existing programs and build a new Baker House scheduled for completion this year.

•Community Award

Recovery Association Project

The Recovery Association Project (RAP) is an organization dedicated to creating a vehicle for people in recovery to speak out on substance abuse related issues. Members of RAP are recovery advocates and include recovering drug addicts and alcoholics as well as the families and friends of those in recovery. They play a critical and ongoing role in helping Multnomah County Health Department and the wider community to implement programs and develop additional resources to address health problems related to substance abuse issues. The advocacy of RAP pushed the county to adopt strategies that are saving and improving lives. For example, the county health department advised physicians to be cautious in prescribing certain drugs to patients with narcotics-abuse history. RAP also successfully advocated for aftercare for former addicts, including finding housing, food, clothing and mental health assessments as well as an introduction into a community of recovering people the day they are discharged from the detox center.

•Youth Community Service Award

Sheridan High School

The Sheridan High School student in the Methamphetamine Awareness Project (MAP) are being recognized for bringing public awareness of the devastating effects methamphetamine has brought to the Sheridan community. MAPs 52 members participated in 19 after-school workshops that focused on methamphetamine awareness, team building skills and video production skills. Their final project was a documentary titled Meth: Dont Go There. While learning the art of video production, the students worked together, conducted research on methamphetamine, discussed film ideas, and learned they can make a positive impact in their lives and in their community. Their film documents methamphetamines impact through personal stories and interviews with peers, business owners, recovering addicts, doctors and law enforcement.

•Media Award

Pizza Schmizza

Pizza Schmizza, which has several restaurants in Oregon and Southwest Washington, has helped raise public awareness about the harms of childhood drinking and the importance of increasing family communication about the issue of alcohol consumption and kids through its support of Oregon Partnerships Too Smart to Start Initiative, The program is for fourth and fifth graders at Grout Elementary School in Southeast Portland. Pizza Schmizza sponsored a student art contest based on the theme I'd rather ______ than drink alcohol. The student artwork was featured on flyers placed on the top of pizza boxes and the restaurants. Pizza Schmizza also raised community awareness through feature stories in local newspapers and paid advertisements. Throughout the initiative, Pizza Schmizza employees have expressed their personal dedication and committed their time and energy to its success.