• Citing 'tremendous need,' Kentucky-based company plans to build 72-bed mental health hospital in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Council on Monday approved the planned unit development for Springstone Behavioral Hospital.

  • Almost 80 percent of Oklahomans say they prefer smoke-free bars and nightclubs

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Free the Night, an Oklahoma campaign encouraging bars and clubs to voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies, announced Monday at a press conference at Grandad’s its survey results, documenting almost 2,000 Oklahomans who answered questions about their bar, club and smoking habits.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Living with chronic pain, Oklahomans struggle to find a new normal

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    More than 76 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, and almost half of them receive no treatment.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's overdose death an 'ugly' sight for Oklahoma City man

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    After crawling through a window, Aaron Smoot’s father found him dead in his bedroom, a scene Dwight Smoot described as “ugly” and “devastating.”

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Roland pain clinic attracts patients from far and wide

    BY WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    If there were an official business model for a high-volume pain clinic, Oklahoma drug enforcers say, it would probably resemble the Wellness Clinic in Roland.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's death in cheap motel room haunts, motivates his mother

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Michelle Casson’s son died alone, in a cheap motel room, after he tried unsucessfully to summon paramedics to his room.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Profiting from pain

    By Andrew Knittle and Phillip OConnor, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Public officials and experts in the field say allowing non-physician ownership of clinics makes them more difficult to regulate and helps explain why Oklahoma has among the highest prescription drug abuse and overdose death rates in the country.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Mother blames doctors, pain clinics for daughter%u2019s death

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A back injury six years ago led Carie Marie Simmons into a life of prescription drugs, addiction and, eventually, an early death, her mother says. But Helen Broadbooks, 63, of Lexington, also blames the doctors and pain clinics that treated her daughter, who overdosed and died May 13, 2013.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Disturbances, thefts are common at Oklahoma City clinic

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.

  • Federal drug agents launch surprise inspections of NFL teams following games

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team medical staffs on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which entailed bag searches and questioning of team doctors by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, were based on the suspicion that NFL teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, according to a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.

  • What's it Like: To have schizophrenia

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: About 1 percent of Americans have schizophrenia. In Oklahoma, an estimated 12,700 residents have untreated schizophrenia. Because of the cost of mental health treatment, the stigma around the diagnosis and the lack of mental health providers, it can sometimes be difficult for people to find help or receive treatment and prescription drugs.

  • Cherokee Nation opens substance abuse treatment center for teenagers in Tahlequah

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Cherokee Nation celebrated Monday the construction of its $5 million Jack Brown Center in Tahlequah. The treatment center helps American Indian ages 13 to 18 overcome drug and alcohol addiction. It’s one of only 10 centers of its kind in the country, according to the tribe.

  • At least one Oklahoman will die today from prescription drug overdose


    In 2012, unintentional prescription drug overdoses claimed the lives of 534 Oklahomans. State health authorities say about half of them had taken drugs prescribed by their own doctors. And, had it not been for complaints from the public, their prescribing practices might never have been discovered. While much of Oklahoma’s enforcement efforts are aimed at drug-seekers, far less effort is dedicated to identifying, investigating and pursuing the problem providers — the doctors who supply the sometimes deadly dosages. In the past 12 years, Oklahoma has seen the overall number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs more than double, and the number of deaths due to hydrocodone and oxycodone more than quadruple.

  • Perspective: The Importance of Accessible Over-The-Counter Naloxone

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    It is not dangerous. It has no potential for abuse. If administered to someone who is not at risk of overdose, they will generally experience no side effects. Worst case scenario it does nothing. Best case scenario it saves a life.

  • Robin Williams to star in 'Legend of Zelda' video game?

    Richard Hall | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    An online petition urging Nintendo to immortalize Robin Williams in a “Legend of Zelda” video game has caught the company’s attention. Williams, who died last week, named his daughter after the title character, Zelda, because he loved the video game series so much. Nintendo responded earlier today to the petition and had this to say: […]

  • Former Oklahoma City doctor pleads guilty to eight counts of murder

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    William Martin Valuck, 71, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court to eight counts of second-degree murder. He will spend eight years in prison.

  • LOL: If alcohol labels told the truth

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    If alcohol labels told the truth, what would they say? One redditor decided to answer that question: View the entire collection.  

  • Methadone Maintenance For Elephants?

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Methadone is sometimes used to help people overcome intense addictions to opiates, but using Methadone to treat opiate addicted Elephants? Now that's a whole different story.

  • Innovative New Naloxone Auto-Injector

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The anti-overdose drug Naloxone has gained popularity recently, with local governments beginning to arm first responders and addicts with the life-saving antidote. But, the drug is only capable of saving a life if someone is there to administer it.

  • Tanzania's First Methadone Clinic A Smashing Success

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    In 2011, the Tanzanian government opened the country's first methadone maintenance clinic, and a new study is highlighting successes the program has achieved thus far.