State of Addiction - special series
State of Addiction:Oklahoma ranks near the top of the list in several categories of substance abuse and addiction, bringing to light a problem that state and national authorities say is too often overlooked by the public. In this collaborative effort with the Oklahoma Watch, the Tulsa World, OETA and News 9, The Oklahoman presents coverage of our State of Addiction.
MARCH 18, 2012
Private treatment programs for substance abuse — relatively scarce in Oklahoma — have the potential to be more successful than their state-run counterparts, but some say there's a massive obstacle sitting in the way.
TULSA — About six months ago, Lindsay Arias packed all her belongings into a bag to camp out at the 12&12 front office until she got help.
Recent slashes in publicly funded treatment centers meant that few beds were available when Lindsey Arias finally worked up the courage to seek help for her addiction.
MARCH 17, 2012
Of all felonies filed in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties on a single day chosen at random, six out of 10 were linked to drugs or alcohol, a review by the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman shows. The World and The Oklahoman reviewed records of all felonies filed on Jan. 24, 2011, in both counties to determine which cases had some relationship to drug or alcohol abuse.
MARCH 14, 2012
A colorful banner outside Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond doesn’t promote a new sermon series or an enticing children’s program. Instead, it elevates the needs of the addict. Read more: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-faith-communities-help-those-with-addiction-problems/article/3657652#ixzz1p6RjjKE8
A second chance at Drug Court saved Marsha Patton's life. Patton, 51, started taking prescription pills for pain and stress and, within a period of five years, ended up a heroin junkie.
MARCH 13, 2012
Drug testing and Employee Assistance Programs are two ways employers help their workers cope with the devastating issue. Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. implemented a companywide program called “Your Life Matters” to help its employees cope with drug and alcohol abuse.
Days into detox, Sue Henson didn't think she was an addict. "I was not prostituting," she said. "I was not stealing. So I thought I wasn't an addict. That's for people who are criminals." When she entered detox, her plan was to get just healthy enough to return to her old habits. She had pre-paid for her heroin, and the dealer promised to hold the drugs for when she was released.
The director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substances Abuse Service's wish list for her agency is contained in an ambitious 10-point budget request that would cost the state an additional $144 million if everything were to be filled.
MARCH 12, 2012
Genes play an important role in whether a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, experts say, but they don't guarantee anything. Researchers say a combination of gene interaction and environmental factors are at play when an individual becomes addicted to a substance.
After decades of succumbing to addiction, an Oklahoma City man recently made the decision to live a sober life. Forrest Coin, 40, knows it's not going to be easy.
Pain killers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, better known as Lortab and Oxycontin, are killing more than the pain. Pain killers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, better known as Lortab and Oxycontin, are killing more than the pain.
MARCH 11, 2012
Public apathy hampers ongoing war on drugs, Oklahoma narcotics agents say.
Prescription drugs factor into numerous overdose deaths in Oklahoma, experts say.
MARCH 10, 2012
Drug treatment programs for addicted Oklahomans often are inadequate and overloaded.
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