• A day spent at Oklahoma City's medical detox center

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Recovery Center sits less than half a mile from Oklahoma City's iconic milk bottle grocery building at NW 23 and N Classen. It's easy to miss the rectangular brown building as you're driving to work or headed to meet friends at a nearby restaurant.  Inside the center, addicts, many of whom are low-income and uninsured, attempt to get sober. Formerly known as The Referral Center, the facility serves as the only place in Oklahoma County where low-income, uninsured residents can receive a medical detox at no charge, paid for through money from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 8; Oct. 5, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five?     This week we take a look at "16 and Pregnant," Carlos Santana's meeting with an angel, spiked soup on the set of "Titanic," pizza sales during the O.J. Simpson chase and how some German prisoners offered to fight with the U.S. against Japan during World War II.   Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! No.

  • The end of a food desert in southeast Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    For almost two years, residents in the small southeast Oklahoma town of Clayton have been without a grocery store.  That's why, when you ask anyone around town what they're most excited about regarding recent economic development, they will tell you: "The grocery store."  In late December or early January, the Choctaw Nation will re-open the town's grocery store, formerly Clayton Country Store, under the name 'The Choctaw Country Marketplace." Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said in a recent interview that he hopes the grocery store will serve not only as a market with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables but also as an educational and cultural experience for visitors.

  • Suicide rate among American Indian young adults remains high, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    American Indian and Alaskan Native young adults are dying by suicide at higher rates than other races and ethnic groups, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.  Among teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 24, suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2013. In 2012 to 2013, young adult men ages 18–24 were more likely than young adult women to die by suicide. The male suicide rate was higher than the female suicide rate in each of the five race and ethnicity groups studied, including white, black, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native young people.

  • Mental health and addiction in Oklahoma: Numbers to know

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Oklahoma spends less on mental health per capita than most other states in the United States. Recently, a study funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlined how each state and the District of Columbia spends money to cover mental health and substance abuse services for residents.  (This blog post has been updated to reflect Texas as a state that spends less than Oklahoma on mental health per capita) The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services spends a majority of its budget on community-based programs, which includes community mental health centers where low-income, uninsured adults can receive care.

  • Video and interviews: Serge Ibaka goes on offense against Ebola with Tackle Ebola

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Monday's Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Thunder star Serge Ibaka goes on offense against Ebola On the basketball court, Serge Ibaka is known as a fierce defender adept at protecting the rim from the NBA’s most fearsome scorers. Off the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder star is known for taking on fearsome social issues like poverty, hunger and the ongoing fight against Ebola, especially in his native Africa. Ibaka, a native of the Republic of the Congo, and former Philadelphia 76ers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, a native of Cameroon, joined forces with Tackle Ebola to raise awareness of the ongoing battle with Ebola in West Africa.

  • ER care can be important 'safety net' for patients with schizophrenia, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Emergency room care might serve as a safety net for patients with schizophrenia not otherwise receiving care, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found.  The CDC report also found that the rate of men coming to the ER for treatment of schizophrenia was about double the rate of women. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history. During 2009–2011, an estimated 382,000 emergency room visits related to schizophrenia occurred each year among adults aged 18 to 64.

  • Oklahoma now has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the nation

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    One-third of Oklahoma adults are obese, making Oklahoma the sixth-most obese state in the U.S., according to a report released Monday.  Oklahoma's adult obesity rate is currently 33 percent, up from 20 percent in 2000 and from 10 percent in 1990. An estimated 40 percent of adults ages 45 to 64 are obese, the age group that has highest obesity rate in the state. When broken down by race, black Oklahomans have the highest obesity rate, an estimated 38 percent of black adult residents.  When looking toward the future, the numbers are more than concerning. In 2030, a projected 1,081,186 Oklahomans will suffer from heart disease. In 2010, there were about 240,000

  • Outstanding Seniors: American Indian senior won't strike out

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Meat and gravy and a little cornmeal, stories of American Indian harvests, and even growing up in a family of 12 kids...she's still positive

  • Outstanding Seniors: Nursing home resident wins blue ribbon

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    She may be in a nursing home, but she beat the socks off a bunch of young whipper snappers...with her prize-winning plum jam!

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 5; Sept. 14, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five? This week we explore the toxicity of bananas, the time Michael Caine forgot his lines, a crappy problem in India, sloths and the "six-figure price tag for selling a $2 hot dog." Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! No.

  • Woman who lost four limbs seeks to raise awareness

    Darla Slipke | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider participating in the Sue Stull Sepsis 5K Fun Run/Walk. The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City. Sue Stull, a Choctaw resident, and her family are working to raise awareness about sepsis. Sue survived a battle with septic shock that nearly claimed her life last summer, but she had to have her arms and legs amputated below her elbows and knees as a result of the illness. Sue has overcome tremendous obstacles during the past year and continues to face challenges every day. Her attitude is inspiring. I had an opportunity to tag along earlier this summer as Sue crossed an item off her

  • 'Very high alert' issued for ragweed pollen (and maybe why your face hurts)

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Oklahoma is currently seeing an "extreme exposure situation" with ragweed pollen, and pollen-sensitive residents are advised to do their best to remain indoors. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic on Wednesday issued a "very high alert" for ragweed pollen.  Ragweed is a weed that can grow almost anywhere. Although the ragweed pollen season runs from August to November, ragweed pollen levels usually peak in mid-September in many areas in the country. Here are some tips from the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on how to best protect yourself from ragweed pollen exposure: Avoid the outdoors between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Wellness classes offered for National Childhood Obesity Month

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    The OKC-County Health Department has teamed with Wellness Now and the Black Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity in Oklahoma City children. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and local organizations are working together to offer free classes meeting one hour a week for eight weeks.   According to a news release, classes are open to all elementary school aged children and their families.  Interactive lessons will teach how to eat healthier, be more active and lose weight together.   Free weekly cooking demos are provided for the children as well.   To get involved, call (405) 425-4352 or email Jennifer_Like@occhd.org to sign up.  Spaces are

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 4; Sept. 8, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    This week we learn more about Geddy Lee's parents, that time a fish caused a flight delay, God's place in Hollywood, a time a man tried to marry a horse in Colorado, and the interesting tale of 2 men, 2 suicides, 1 heart and 1 widow.

  • Oklahoma Strong: How the Oklahoma Standard helped me heal after my best friend’s suicide

    Siali Siaosi | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Aug. 24 marked a year since I lost my best friend to suicide. It hasn't been an easy time without her, but Oklahoma and its community have helped me heal.

  • Mark Costello slaying: 6 facts about schizophrenia you should know

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By now you've heard about the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. He died Sunday night and police say Costello's son, Christian, is the one who held the knife. Christian and his father had had a rough relationship as of late, which family members say was due to Christian's battle with mental health issues. "Our son, Christian Costello, has experienced many difficulties over the past several years," the family said in the statement. "Christian, like thousands of Oklahomans, struggles with a mental health disease and like many families we did our best to support him. Mark was committed to being there for his son and provided whatever help he could as a father.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Table manners for the nose

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen: hwallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Your sensible feature on manners and etiquette is always enjoyable, addressing as it does so many often overlooked pleasantries that oil social discourse. A topic I’ve never seen mentioned is the repellent […]

  • Join us for a conversation about autism insurance mandate in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    This past week, I wrote a story about a Tulsa family that plans to move to Texas at the end of the year to better ensure they can get health insurance to cover therapy for their 3-year-old son with autism.  Under Texas law, health insurance companies must cover applied behavior analysis for children with autism. But Oklahoma law does not mandate that same type of care be covered. On Monday at 3 p.m., we will host a Google Hangout on NewsOK to discuss the debate around mandating insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis and other therapies for children with autism. There are a wide range of viewpoints, and we plan to explore those.  We will have a chat feature with our Hangout, and

  • This is what a decade of drug overdose in Oklahoma looks like

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Over the past decade, Oklahoma has seen a dramatic increase in the number of residents who have died from prescription drug overdose, especially overdoses that involve opioids, powerful painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. Unintentional poisoning death rates more than doubled in the United States from 1999 to 2012 and increased nearly fivefold in Oklahoma during the same period.  The chart below, which you can find here also, shows how the types of drugs that have killed Oklahomans have evolved over the past 10 years. You can read more about prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma by visiting our Addicted Oklahoma coverage page.