• 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

    BY WARREN VIETH, JACLYN COSGROVE, ANDREW KNITTLE and PHILLIP O'CONNOR | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    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.

  • Oklahoma City doctor agrees to pay federal government $40,000 settlement

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    An Oklahoma City doctor, Stanley K. Rogers, will pay the federal government $40,000 to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that an employee of the doctor acquired prescription drugs without a medical purpose.

  • Prescription drug abuse a major problem among Oklahoma nurses

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Each year, hundreds of nurses working in the state are disciplined by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, which dealt with a record 1,552 cases last year. With prescription drug abuse rampant in all corners of Oklahoma, it should come as no surprise that nurses stealing drugs is the biggest problem the nursing board deals with.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in rate of painkillers prescribed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in the nation for the rate that physicians prescribe several powerful painkillers to residents, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

  • Russia's Drug Treatment Plans Draw Criticism

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Despite the Russian Federal Drug Control Services plans of creating a new system of drug treatment communes and labor therapy sites throughout rural areas, many activists and addicts are denying any positive changes are occurring.

  • How Crimea's Methadone Ban Is Affecting Rehab Patients

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    The devastating effects of the Russian 'ban on methadone' is being felt is Crimea, with as many as 20 former Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) patients having died since it's implementation.

  • Oklahoma mental health agency's budget cuts serve as launching pad for fierce debate

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Amid a crowd of more than 200 people, mental health providers fiercely debated Wednesday the impact that a proposed change in Medicaid behavioral health services will have on some of the poorest children and adults in the state.

  • 5 reasons harm reduction initiatives can help addicts, communities

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    While opponents of harm reduction initiatives have long cited numerous reasons as to why such services are indeed causing harm rather than actually reducing it, research has shown that these programs are in fact leaving a lasting positive impact.

  • Prescription drugs bill dies in committee

    By Phillip O’Connor and Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Despite an intensive last-minute push by supporters, including Gov. Mary Fallin, who lobbied lawmakers in person and by telephone, a bill intended to crack down on prescription drug abuse failed to win legislative approval Friday. Backers of the measure, which would have required doctors to check an online database before writing narcotic prescriptions, needed the support of nine of the House Public Safety Committee’s 17 members to keep the bill alive. They never got more than six, killing the measure’s chance for passage this year. “I am disappointed the House Public Safety Committee would not even let their colleagues in the Legislature get to vote on a prescription drug monitoring bill,” Fallin said late Friday.

  • Backers make last-minute push for Oklahoma prescription drug bill

    BY WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch, and PHILLIP O’CONNOR, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s office and key lawmakers battled Wednesday to prevent the death of a bill intended to crack down on prescription drug abuse, but its prospects appeared shaky as the 2014 session neared its end.

  • Former Bethany police officer gets hearing in prescription drug theft

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    An Oklahoma County judge heard arguments in the case of former Bethany police officer Jack Jencks, who is accused of stealing prescription drugs from an evidence locker. Jencks was also involved in the botched investigation into the murder of Carina Saunders in 2011.

  • New York Is a Hub in a Surging Heroin Trade

    Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    The flood of heroin coming into and going out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, alarming law enforcement officials who say that bigger players are now entering the market to sell the drug here and to feed a growing appetite along the East Coast. The amount of heroin seized in investigations involving the city’s special narcotics prosecutor has already surpassed last year’s totals, and is higher than any year going back to 1991.