Last Sunday, The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Watch unveiled a project that some of its best investigative reporters and storytellers had been working on for months.
The Addicted Oklahoma series began with the first installment — “Problem Prescribers Help Fuel Deadly Epidemic” — focusing on how addiction can take hold in people’s lives and ways they can gain access to these controlled drugs.
And, through the week, we’ve reported updates to the ‘doctor-shopping’ legislation — Senate Bill 1820 — as it continues to be negotiated in the state legislature.
The entire series is available on NewsOK at NewsOK.com/prescription-drugs.
You can find a graphic and a link to the page halfway down the NewsOK home page. You can’t miss it.
The page includes the main stories from last Sunday and the ongoing updates as we continue our reports. We also take a look into the past, with related stories going back two years. It will also include future chapters in the series as the investigation continues.
Bookmark this link. But before you do, share it on your social media accounts.
And you don’t have to be on your laptop to catch up on this coverage. Take it with you on your phone. Your phone isn’t just for social media and texting anymore. We are committed to delivering quality experiences and deep content on the smaller screens, as well.
All the stories and videos are also available in a digestible presentation for smartphones. Just go to the same link on your phone or click to it here.
And if you want to take the next step and make an impact in your community by helping to solve this problem, you can start by joining the Facebook group we set up to continue the dialogue. Just search for Oklahoma’s Addiction and Mental Health Community on Facebook and join the group.
The Oklahoman’s Jaclyn Cosgrove is hosting that group and will continue the conversation as our coverage grows through the year.
As you dive into the coverage online, you’ll see all the sidebars, features, videos, informational graphics and photos, as well as many different ways to be involved with us here at The Oklahoman. This is a story we are telling because we want to make our state a better and safer place to be.