Oklahoma, the cornerstone of the southwest and defined by Native Americans and cowboys, is affected by drug menace like other American states. The problem is so significant that opioids have replaced methamphetamine, which has long been the leading cause of drug-related deaths.
It is no surprise that 97 of every 100 Oklahoma residents had an opioid subscription in 2016. Three hundred eighty-eight people died in 2017 due to opioid overdose, while 328 people died from meth usage in 2016. 6.4% of Oklahoma residents aged 12 and upwards have an alcoholism problem. Alcohol dependence is even more severe in individuals aged 21 or older, where 159,000 people have a persistent drinking problem.
In the state’s Tulsa County, driving under the Influence rate is 20% higher than the state average. Marijuana is another drug commonly abused within the state, with 2851 people seeking addiction treatment in 2015.
Oklahoma’s rural centers make its residents more predisposed to drug addiction because of limited access to rehabilitation programs. 7 out of the 10 Counties that reported the highest rates of drug overdoses in 2014 and 2015 were predominantly rural. Drug traffickers find the rural markets lucrative as unemployment and poverty rates are high. With the most stringent drug laws in the country, the state arrests close to 17,000 people each year for drug-related offenses.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.