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Unnecessary Suffering : The Mental Health Crisis of Oregon 

ECfES.org joined the Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) last week.


Here is just a glimpse at some of the numbers. For starters, nearly 720,000 adults have binge drank in the past month. That's about 18% of Oregonians. People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain. Mental illness is also on the rise across the state, impacting about 680,000 adults.

In Oregon, Adults 18+ 
IN THE LAST MONTH*:
18% have engaged in binge drinking
7% have consumed a scheduled substance other than marijuana
4% have used opiate pain-killers non-medically 

IN THE LAST YEAR*:
17% have experienced mental illness 
6% have experienced a major depressive episode
 

Closing It: The Understanding Gap

ECfES.org is focused on science-based potent-plant medicine. Ethnobotanicals; the green psychedelics. These naturally occuring, non-patentable, growing plants have been shown to:


REDUCE DEPRESSION

DECREASE ADDICTIONS

EASE THE PAIN OF REJECTION

TREAT AND EVEN ELIMINATE PTSD

LIMIT THE HARMFUL IMPACTS OF ADHD


Does that sound promising? We think so, too. This is why our 501(c)3 non-profit is focused and dedicated to educating everyone, from those struggling in povertyartisans, crafts-peopleschool educators, health-care providers, corrections workers, religious leadersfamiliespolicy makers, and our friends across Oregon.

Let's make these Numbers : History

 

Because ECfES.org is concerned to hear that...

In Oregon, Adults 18+ 
IN THE LAST YEAR*:
17% have experienced mental illness (680,000 people)
6% have experienced a major depressive episode (240,000 people)

We are troubled by the fact that science is demonstrating that Ethnobotanicals : The Green Psychedelics can help make this situation history but are not being provided to low-income clients.

Treatment is reserved for the those who can afford to travel out of the country for treatment. In both Mexico and Canada, these plants are be used as healing agents for people, everyday.

Low funds? Can't afford the trip? Too bad! You are left to break the law and suffer the potential consequences.

But wait, remind me, again!

 

WHAT ARE ETHNOBOTANICALS?

Stress & Strain : Scientifically Reduced with ethnobotanicals.


The voices of Oregonians have been heard, their calls for help now must be heeded.

With cutting edge, neuro-scientifically proven, potent plant-based ethnobotanicals ECfES.org can provide relief. We can raise the bar on our mental health services.
 

"I hope and pray that the 30 visits for therapy per year under the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) will be enough.”

"No therapy even though medications are being taken."

“I had to allow my son to be given a bipolar diagnosis in order to get services when he wasn’t bipolar.”

“The challenge is finding providers who really understand cultural diversity and are able to work with issues such as racial trauma, historical trauma, multigenerational poverty and trauma.”

“I was brought into the ER for help and they did not know how to handle it and called the police.”

“It took being arrested to receive services.”

“The system sees clients as just a file, not as a person who is loved and valued by their family.”

“Out of 65 children I have fostered, only one teacher was able to support one child who had ADHD.”

"Poorer quality services and consumer treatment occurring due to overloaded staff."

​-Citizen Comments (colored) from the "Oregon Health Authority 2015 Behavioral Health Town Hall Report" published in 2016
 

CAN ETHNOBOTANICALS HELP?
IS THERE SCIENCE TO BACK THIS UP?

Building Our Future : Less infrastructure, more Inner Structure.


Unfortunately, ethnobotanicals, the green psychedelics, are often misunderstood, misrepresented, or maligned. In fact, the Oregon Health Authority recently stated that,  

"...we currently have 18 mental health courts in the state and 28 out of 36 counties have a drug court. It would be wonderful to see more."

More treatment that reinforces the failed drug war policy? More architecture that condenses an out-dated mainstream pharmacology into brick and mortar buildings? Walls to sleep behind. Let's get up to speed on the science and incorporate ethnobotanical medicine into our health care system. Let's keep Oregon, and especially Lane County (and our tax-payers' new City Hall) on the leading edge.

You can do it : Educate yourself, with us!


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WONDER ABOUT TOMORROW, TODAY : Where can Oregon look to for an example?

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SIGN UP FOR AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Potent Plants ; Potential Pathways (The weekend of October 8th, 2016).

SEE THE TRANSITION INTO SCIENCE-BASED MEDICINE : From "pre" to "post" prohibition. 
 
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ECfES.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit public education charity organization.
IRS EIN is #47-5198499 | State of Oregon Domestic Nonprofit Corporation #114977598 | ECfES.org banks locally with Oregon Community Credit Union.
All charitable contributions are tax-deductible. 


"Dedicated to providing ethnobotanical opportunities through educational opportunities; in broad daylight & into the night".

We are troubled by the fact that science is demonstrating that Ethnobotanicals : The Green Psychedelics can help make this mental health crisis history but are not being provided to low-income clients. In fact, they are reserved for the those who can afford to travel out of the country for treatment. In both Mexico and Canada, these plants are be used as healing agents for people, everyday. Low income; can't afford the trip? Too bad! You are left to break the law and suffer the potential consequences.

All images are re-produced under 1976 Fair Use Copyright Law. 

Copyright © 2016 Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, All rights reserved.


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