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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.