Oklahoma leaders unite to fight meth

OKLAHOMA CITY – Leaders from across Oklahoma on Monday will announce Crystal Darkness Oklahoma, a campaign aimed at tackling methamphetamine abuse in the state. As part of the campaign, a 30-minute documentary will air on every Oklahoma television station at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

The campaign is modeled after similar programs in Nevada, California, Oregon and Arizona. It is aimed at increasing meth awareness, as well as providing treatment and law enforcement assistance to communities – large and small – across Oklahoma. The documentary will feature gripping testimonials that graphically portray the devastating impact meth has had on families and communities.

Call centers will be set up across the state during the documentary’s airing for Oklahomans who think they or a loved one need help. After the documentary’s airing, Phase Two of Crystal Darkness Oklahoma will begin. Phase Two is a comprehensive approach that involves statewide drug awareness education and training for schools, parents and community groups.

WHO:
Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry, co-chair
Wes Lane, President of the Burbridge Foundation and Former Oklahoma County District Attorney, co-chair
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Director Darrell Weaver
Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White
Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Deputy Commissioner Caletta McPherson
State Superintendant of Public Instruction Sandy Garrett
Chuck Mills, Shawnee Mayor and President of the Oklahoma Conference of Mayors
John Whetsel, Oklahoma County Sheriff and President of the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association
Rob Hudson, District Attorney for Payne and Logan Counties and Chairman of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
David Castillo, Executive Director of The Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and an Oklahoma City Public Schools Board Member
Robin Jones, Director of the State Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives
Nathan Hart, Director of Community Affairs for the Oklahoma Native American Cultural and Educational Authority
Shawn Black, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services

WHAT: Announcement of Crystal Darkness Oklahoma

WHERE: Blue Room of the State Capitol

WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29

About Crystal Darkness Oklahoma: Crystal Darkness Oklahoma is a coalition of Oklahomans working together to stop methamphetamine in our state. Meth has affected us all whether we know it or not. Now is the time to fight back. For more information, visit http://www.crystaldarknessoklahoma.org.


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