Oklahoma residents and companies to be honored for addiction education efforts

Fighting Addiction Through Education will award Oklahoma residents and organizations for their efforts to educate the public about addiction.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 8, 2012

An Oklahoma addiction education group will recognize residents and organizations for their efforts to help the public understand how addiction affects the state.

Fighting Addiction Through Education on Tuesday announced the recipients of the 2012 Champions of FATE awards.

The organization gives the award to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to educate Oklahomans about substance abuse.

This year's recipients include:

• Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman, for addressing substance abuse through articles in The Oklahoman, including her own story about her family's struggle with substance abuse.

• Chesapeake Energy Corp. for its employee program, Your Life Matters, which educates and encourages Chesapeake employees and family members to seek company assistance for substance abuse or mental health issues.

• Channel 4 KFOR/KAUT for running $12,000 worth of public service announcements on behalf of Fighting Addiction Through Education and the Partnership at drugfree.org.

• David Starkey, of stopmethlabs.com, for his efforts to restrict the easy availability of the drug pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine production.

• Oklahoma State University, East Central University and Bethany High School, which piloted FATE's Life of An Athlete program.

The awards will be given at FATE's Oct. 25 fundraising dinner at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.


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