A film set to air on all major Oklahoma networks next week aims to bring the truth about meth abuse home to every Oklahoma family. The 30-minute documentary, Crystal Darkness, describes methamphetamine abuse and its assault on youth, families and communities. It will be broadcast on all Oklahoma television stations on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) is encouraging local leaders and private citizens in its 466 member cities and towns to promote the documentary in their communities.
“Oklahoma has made a great deal of progress in reducing the presence of meth labs, and our state took the lead by passing the toughest anti-meth legislation in the nation,” said Carolyn Stager, OML executive director. “We can’t stop there. Meth abuse is still a significant problem in Oklahoma cities and towns. It affects everyone, with ruinous results for individual users, their families and friends, and the communities in which they live. This film makes the devastating consequences of meth abuse absolutely clear.”
The Oklahoma broadcast will mark the tenth such event in North America since the campaign began in 2007 with a similar all-network blitz of the film in Reno, Nevada. In cities and towns across Oklahoma, mayors and other civic leaders are encouraging citizens to promote the event at their schools, jobs and churches.
“Whether you feel like you’re impacted by this or not, you are,” said Barbara Young, mayor of Ada. “This isn’t just about the physical aspects of abuse. It’s about your entire community. It is absolutely devastating to healthcare services to have this many people addicted to a substance that causes their bodies to deteriorate.” Both property crimes and violent crimes increase along with the number of meth users in a community, Young said, and that affects everyone, too. Young is a member of the Oklahoma Conference of Mayors, another statewide organization that is promoting Crystal Darkness as part of a coordinated effort to mitigate the effects of meth abuse in Oklahoma.
“Methamphetamine abuse doesn’t just affect users and their loved ones. When meth is present in a community, everyone loses,” Stager said. “The greater the number of Oklahomans who watch Crystal Darkness next Tuesday, the greater the understanding we’ll have of how we can curtail this blight in our communities.” Stager said she urges private individuals, teachers, community leaders and people in the business community to open their homes or places of business for watch parties on Tuesday. “Watching the film with a group of people could be an effective way to get people talking,” Stager said. For more information about the film and the Crystal Darkness campaign in Oklahoma, visit www.crystaldarknessoklahoma.com.