The Power of Music

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The Power of Music

“When it comes to drug use, Oregon holds an ugly distinction: its rate of teenagers killed by overdose is growing faster than in any other state.” This is the shocking first sentence from the March 7 Lund Report. A major killer is the drug fentanyl, of which most teens have little knowledge. For teens who do make their way into the health system, youth addition treatment services in Oregon are just about non-existent. Read the entire report if you have the stomach for it—it’s not good news.

Underneath Oregon’s teen drug statistics is a mental health crisis: an ever greater number of young people are struggling with anxiety and depression. These mental health issues are affecting kids from all walks of life–city kids, rural kids, kids on the street, kids from more traditional homes. And teens can turn to drugs as a way to escape those demons. That’s where music comes in, because music can offer another safe way to connect, de-stress and be uplifted. Music can provide people young and old with a healthy way to relate and process what they are experiencing in their lives.

Join the North Coast Music Project in a fundraising concert for
the Neahkahnie School District Music Program.

Sunday March 26th at the White Clover Grange on Hwy 53 north of Mohler.
Doors open at 3:30
Opening act: 4pm Performances by members of the Neahkahnie High School choir.
5 pm: Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band. 2 sets of red hot funky and soulful tunes
To buy tickets/additional information:
If you can’t attend this concert, but would like to support the Neahkahnie School District music program, please send a check with NCMP in the memo line to
Fulcrum Community Resources
PO Box 136
Nehalem OR 97131

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) best-selling author and professor of neurology at NYU School Of Medicine