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Collaboration is called essential to helping drug-endangered children in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday helped open the three-day joint conference put on by the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and the Oklahoma Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at Oklahoma City's downtown Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
by Randy Ellis Modified: November 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: November 19, 2013

Accomplishments include collecting 21 tons of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs for proper disposal, becoming the first state to statutorily define drug endangered children, appropriating $16 million in new dollars to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.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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