West Linn Community Task Force

West Linn has youth and young adults who use, and abuse, drugs. In that way, we’re no different than any other community in America. West Linn also has a committed group of parents, educators, community leaders and youth and young adults that is facing the problem head on and doing something about it. In that way, we’re different than many other communities in America.

The West Linn Community Task Force’s goal is straightforward – help youth and young adults avoid drug use and help those who are using and their families find help. We hope this web site serves as a resource for finding the tools that meet your needs and your circumstances.

Download a general information flier about the WL Community Task Force as a PDF.

April 2016 WLCTF will host  Spring Mentor Days for 8th graders at Athey Creek and Rosemont Ridge Middle Schools. 

Fall 2016 – Parent Only Talk



A Conversation with Addiction
Expert Dr. Andy Mendenhall

Why are you and your practice involved with the West Linn Community Task Force?

I am passionate about teaching. More importantly, I see addiction and chemical dependency which affect 9.4 percent of our population as a poorly understood disease that affects nearly every family in this country.

In the News

Brian Lecture Events, 2016— The OHSU Brain Institute’s 2016 Brain Awareness Season will delve into the brain science behind three very popular pastimes: alcohol, gaming, and marijuana.  Click to read

November 5, 2015.  Bringing Addiction to the Forefront.  Click to read

December 2015. The War on Drugs isn’t Working:  Michael Botticelli’s New Vision.   Click to read

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Addiction.  More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics, yet addiction isn’t being talked about in most homes. Instead, children grow up facing a lifetime of issues other kids don’t have to manage. They tend to have more emotional, behavioral and academic problems than other kids, and are four times more likely to become addicts themselves.   Click to read

Addiction now Defined as Chronic Brian Disorder, Not Behavior Issue.  Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.  Click to read

Understanding Addiction.  Many people do not understand why individuals become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strict- ly a social problem and may character- ize those who take drugs as morally weak.  Click to read


Research & Statistics

Most drugs of abuse can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease.


Trends in substance abuse

Clackamas County data

Family Disease

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