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.

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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  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Oct 2, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    Let's save taxpayer money, and manufacture or process meth, crack, heroin...etc., distribute it for ridiculously low prices, and with the understanding that any deaths that occur will soley be the resposibility of those taking the drugs, and soon you will win this "war on drugs." Natural selection will run its course.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Oct 1, 2008 at 10:37 PM
    Kristallnacht (sp?)- is this the word Starfis is getting worked up over? I can see a similarity between the German word and the English phrase "Crystal Night", but it's sheer coincidence. They're not going after Jews, idjit- they're going after the makers and sellers of meth. Pull your PC feelings out and read the entire statement.
  • by Jess on Oct 1, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    The news is reporting BURGLARIES more and more these days. They need to unite against thieves and robbers instead of drugs. The "War on Drugs" is always on while thieves, rapists, and child molestors get ridiculously low sentencing and are back out in the streets in no time. Thank you justice system for letting these animals free.
  • by fed-up on Sep 29, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    To Chris I agree with you but you don't have to say this person is from Ok. lol Lets all just believe that she is from Ark.
  • by Chris Location: your neighbor on Sep 29, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    To Starfis: THIS AINT GERMANY; How intelluctual,smart ,and fresh and new, your comment is FLOZZY,you sound like a vey caring person.I bet you are an Oklahoma teacher.HAHAHAHAHA.This plan is better than nothing.If you dont VOTE shut up.
  • by Kyle Location: madill on Sep 29, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    Actually its called "The Night of the Broken Glass" If your going to talk smack,at least be correct. This program is way overdue. Oklahoma has decreased the manufacture of Meth by 90% in the state and other states model there anti-meth laws after ours. I work in Law Enforcement and I'm glad this kind of program is being aired across Oklahoma.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    oklahoma has a meth problem????? since when?
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Sep 29, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    I understand the significance and horror of the Crystal Night.. but this is not what they are calling this silly program. To link the two is just looking for things that are not there.
  • by Starfis Location: wake up on Sep 29, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    "Crystal Night" (darkness) is the name that's been given to the night of November 9-10 1938. In almost all german cities that night store windows of Jewish shops were broken, Jesish houses & apartments were destroyed, & synagoguses were demolished and set on fire. Is this a taste to what we as a country want to re-live. Who is reponsible for this name I beg Oklahoma to change this name at once to many horriable things have happened in the name of control of the populaton.Our is it really just the opioum for the masses? CHANGE THIS NAME? it makes me sick.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Sep 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    This is a waste of time, effort and feelings. The state needs to go the other way and manufacture and distribute this garbage for the low lifes who want to take it! The crime element would be gone and shortly all of those defective humans who want to take it. I get very tired of seeing good people wasting time and money on these drug issues! nothing that the American drug consumer wants has ever been stopped by the feds and a lot of good people have died trying to stop it.
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