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March 2, 2022 at 4:48pm

OHA survey finds interest in psilocybin treatment strongest for "general well-being"

A mushroom in Bush's Pasture Park on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A state survey of over 4,000 Oregonians found most interested in accessing psilocybin services when available next January listed their reason as "general well-being" rather than a specific health concern.

Oregonians voted to legalize psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, for therapeutic use in 2020. Oregon the first state in the U.S. to regulate psylocybin.

Of the 4,162 people surveyed, around 3,000 listed general well-being as the reason they'd seek psilocybin services, followed by around 2,690 for depression and the same number for anxiety, according to the survey.

The Oregon Health Authority starts accepting applications for licenses January 2, 2023.

The survey included responses from 167 Marion County residents and 40 Polk County residents who said they'd be interested in accessing services.

Fifteen percent of those surveyed or 660 were interested in getting approval for a training program, 36% or around 1,600 were interested in a facilitator license and 22% or around 980 were interested in a manufacturer license, according to the survey, conducted in January and February by the Oregon Psilocybin Services Section at OHA’s Public Health Division.

Twenty percent or around 900 respondents were interested in a server center license, and 5% or around 230 were interested in a testing lab license.

Most of those surveyed said they were from Multnomah County, the survey said.

“Although the survey was administered one year ahead of when we will begin accepting applications for licensure, we saw strong participation from the community,” said Angie Allbee, Oregon Psilocybin Services manager at OHA, in the news release. “The survey findings, while preliminary, help us to better understand community interest in accessing psilocybin services, in licensure, and in training program approval. This is an exciting foundation to build upon.”

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

March 2, 2022 at 3:26pm

Help design Salem's newest skate park

A rendering of the location of a future skate park in Geer Park. (Courtesy/city of Salem)

You can help design a new Salem skate park.  

Salem is planning to build a skate park in Geer Park in 2024 and wants the community’s help designing it.  

There will be a virtual open house on Wednesday, March 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom to learn about two design options and meet the project team.  

At the end of the meeting, there will be an online survey where people can offer feedback. The survey will be open from March 9 to 30.  

Previous reporting: Weigh in on future skate park at Geer Park

-Saphara Harrell

March 2, 2022 at 12:02pm

Get up to speed on Ukraine with panel of Willamette experts

Four Willamette University professors will address the current war in Ukraine in a free Wednesday evening panel open to the public.

"Faculty members will share historical and political contexts related to the current war in Ukraine," according to an event listing from Willamette.

Participating faculty are Sarah Clovis Bishop, associate professor of Russian; Michael Marks, professor of international studies; William Smaldone, professor of history and Laura Taylor, associate professor of economics.

Clovis Bishop will moderate the event, and the panel will take audience questions.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. live in the university's Smullin Film Studies Theater, room 122 in Ford Hall, which is located at 1140 State St.

There's also a Zoom event for those who prefer to watch from home. For more information and to register for the Zoom event, visit the university website.

-Rachel Alexander