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DHS news release

Dec. 14, 2007

Contact: Ken Palke, 503-947-5286
Program contact: Karen Wheeler, 503-945-6191


Governor's council honors six for prevention, treatment, recovery work

A Medford television station team, Lane County judge, McMinnville chemical dependency counselor and Douglas County student will receive awards from the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs on Dec. 18 for their commitment to reducing alcohol and other drug abuse.

The 11:15 a.m. awards ceremony is at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Hwy., Salem.

The council, created in 1985, presents awards in four categories for outstanding achievement: community, media, youth and the Thomas R. Dargan Award, named for the council's first chairman and given to a committed and dedicated humanitarian. The award winners are:

  • Dargan Award: Judge Darryl L. Larson has been a long-time supporter of alcohol and drug treatment efforts. In 1993, he championed the establishment of a Drug Treatment Court in Lane County, only the second one in Oregon. For years, he's been educating decision makers on the necessity of treatment programs. Larson receives the award for being a powerful force in improving Oregon's alcohol and drug treatment system.
  • Outstanding Community Achievement Award: While a McMinnville High School counselor Jeff Clabaugh, QMPH, became active in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, referral and treatment services for at-risk youth. He worked with people of all ages at the Learning Potential Center. He runs Children of Alcoholics groups, counsels juvenile delinquents and provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to families struggling with chemical dependency, family conflict and domestic violence. He educates others on the signs and symptoms of abuse and dependency.
  • Outstanding Youth Achievement Award: Erika Linden is member of the Douglas County Communities Aligned to Prevent Substance Abuse (DC CAPS) Youth Network. She was instrumental in planning a youth prevention conference and offered ideas that made the group's Truth, Lies and Videotapes Prevention Substance Abuse Challenge more relevant to youth. Earlier, as a member of the Joseph Lane Middle School Prevention Team, she assisted with alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention activities and helped the team teach more than 500 elementary students about refusal skills and drug prevention.
  • Clark Campbell Media Award: Owner Patsy Smullin, general manager Bob Wise, reporter Christina Anderson and the staff at KOBI-NBC television are being honored for their Southern Oregon methamphetamine project, which included ad campaigns, documentaries and community, school and local involvement activities. The station covered the road block for Crystal Darkness and county Methamphetamine Task Force activities. KOBI brought in partners including Providence Medford Medical Center, United Way, Asante Health Systems, Jeld Wen Windows and Doors, the ODS Companies and Oregon Health and Science University. (Note: Clark Campbell was an assistant administrator of DHS alcohol and drug abuse programs, staffed the Governor's council and was dedicated to improving substance abuse programs for Oregonians.)