Prevention Services Newsletter
June 2020
In this issue
  • Congratulations, Graduates!
  • COVID-19 Info and Resources
  • COVID-19 And Alcohol Consumption
  • Everyday Healthy Habits
  • COVID-19 Impact on Cannabis Industry
  • COVID-19 Reopening of Casinos


Impact of Covid-19 on Prom and Graduation
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Congratulations to all of those graduating in 2020! We are thinking of you and hope you are able to find ways to celebrate.

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on all our lives. Social distancing and safety measures have dramatically limited and changed how we work, play, communicate, and celebrate. For students, particularly high school seniors, the sense of loss is magnified. The global pandemic has robbed them of a defining moment in their lives and rites of passage they have been looking forward to for years: School trips, final sports seasons, proms, graduation day – just to name a few.
President Obama Gives Virtual Inauguration Speech
With the coronavirus taking away graduation ceremonies away for many American High School seniors, Former President Barack Obama gave virtual commencement speeches to 2020 graduates. According to the New York Times, these events were among dozens of requests the Former president received from around the world to address graduates whose in-person ceremonies had been canceled. In a tweet, Obama wrote this about the addresses: "I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones."

To watch President Obama's speech, click on the watch here button below.

Oregon COVID-19 Information and Resources

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting everyone, some more drastically than others. For a number of families, it could mean making big changes in everyday routines due to financial hardship. For other families, it could mean raised anxiety in children, tension in parenting relationships or general fear. Finding the “new normal” can be challenging, especially with so many unknowns.

Click below for information and resources including updates in Oregon, early childhood resources, food access, housing, and more.
Drinking alcohol does not prevent or treat COVID-19 and may impair immune function
Have you heard the myth that drinking alcohol can protect against COVID-19? It is just that...a myth! While hand sanitizers containing 60-95% ethyl alcohol can help destroy the coronavirus on surfaces, drinking alcohol—including beverages with high percentages of alcohol—offers no protection from the virus. In fact, alcohol misuse puts the body at greater risk of viral infections and can worsen the prognosis. 
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Covid-19 Social Distancing Bingo
Staying Connected
Four Oregon Casinos Reopen
Many businesses across the State of Oregon have been closed for about two months now due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Recently, Governor Kate Brown announced an executive order that will kick start the reopening of the state in phases. As public life and business began to open, many gambling venues are beginning to reopen for business too. Click here for responsible gambling guidelines:
Responsible Gambling
Gambling happens when you play any game of chance or skill, in which you stake something valuable with the expectation of wining back something of greater value. It is an activity that carries risk and could be addictive. Understanding how gambling works including the lottery, bingo, sports betting, or playing at a casino is very important. The more you know, the more likely you’ll be to practice safer gambling. Click the following link for responsible gambling guidelines: https://www.opgr.org/prevention-resources/
Record Marijuana Sales in Oregon, Congress Considering Reform
The global coronavirus pandemic lead to the shutting down of many businesses across the country. Many states only allowed essential business to open with some restrictions. Oregon, along with over 25 other states, declared dispensaries ‘essential’ businesses through the pandemic, allowing them to stay open to the public. Cannabis sales are skyrocketing.

For more information,questions,or comments, please email Anna Bledsoe abledsoe@voaor.o rg or call 503 5604 373
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