Accomplishments include collecting 21 tons of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs for proper disposal, becoming the first state to statutorily define drug endangered children, appropriating $16 million in new dollars to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to help with prescription drug counseling and prevention, and establishing drug courts, they said.
Weaver used the conference to announce his agency is in the process of launching two new programs — an Oklahoma drug endangered children website and a tracking system for drug endangered children.
The tracking system will involve law enforcement officers writing out narratives when children are found in homes where drug arrests are made, Weaver said. Those narratives immediately will be made available to Department of Human Services' child welfare workers so they can have insight into the trauma to which the children have been exposed and take appropriate action, he said.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control will start the program along with some pilot law enforcement agencies, with the goal of making it a statewide program, he said.