Oklahoma non-profit releases documentary series exploring the state’s opioid crisis
Medical experts across the country agree we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic responsible for the deaths of millions. In Oklahoma alone, more than two thousand people have died from opioids within just the past three years.
Oklahoma is also one of the largest opioid prescribers in the nation and has consistently had the highest percentage of people over the age of 11 using opioids for non-medical reasons.
In response to the growing health crisis, an Oklahoman non-profit group called Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) has released a seven-part documentary entitled “Killing Pain” that chronicles the effect of opioids on the lives of everyday Oklahomans.
“This is a crisis that’s affecting our entire country and impacting every industry, every sector, every social class and every state. We have seen prescription rates and opioid overdoses skyrocket, especially in Oklahoma,” said Reggie Whitten, FATE founder, in a news release. “This series is amplifying the conversation and awareness about the gravity of opioid addiction. To put it in context, more than 300,000 Americans have died from an opioid-related overdose, which is more than six times the number of American casualties in the entire Vietnam War.”
The free documentary, available on YouTube and the group’s website killingpain.com, uses each episode to focus on a single story reflective of the different facets of opioid addiction. This includes the many different ways addiction can develop, the biochemistry behind addiction, the high cost of treatment, and how the state and country have responded to the issue.
“We created this documentary series to create a sense of urgency for the crisis happening right here in our state, and to show that there are actions we can take to prevent the spread of this crisis,” Whitten said. “We bring experts from inside Oklahoma as well as nationally to discuss the issue with the hope of motivating solutions both for individuals and the state.”
While the documentary largely focuses on average Oklahomans, it also includes interviews and information from several prominent political and medical figures, including Senator James Lankford, OK Attorney General Mike Hunter, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, and the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University.
Watch the first episode of “Killing Fate” below or at KillingFate.com