Practice & Policy Lecture Series
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Wed., Nov. 12, 2008, Noon to 1 p.m.

The Impact of Substance Abuse in Oklahoma
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK  73105 

Caletta McPherson, Deputy Commissioner
Substance Abuse Services

“We live in a nation in which a deadly but treatable disease is taking its toll on more than 5 percent of the population. One that is wreaking havoc with the lives of millions of men, women and children, yet only 10 percent of the people who need treatment receive it. If we are to progress as a society, we must address substance abuse issues and the growing negative consequences resulting from untreated addiction.”

Caletta McPherson will examine the far-reaching effects of substance abuse in Oklahoma and its impact on the individual, families and society as a whole. Substance abuse is tied to crime, violence, accidents, child abuse and neglect, domestic assault, lost productivity and increased medical expenses. The cost for ignoring these issues is staggering, yet we know that proper attention to the problem will bring about positive results. It is simply a matter of providing appropriate services in a timely fashion.

About the Speaker:
McPherson began her duties as Deputy Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Sept. 4, 2007. She is a native Oklahoman, with more than 25 years of experience in the area of social services, primarily in substance abuse and mental health services.

Before assuming the deputy commissioner position at ODMHSAS, Ms. McPherson served as CEO/President of CARE for Change, Inc., Outpatient Substance Abuse Services, located in Oklahoma City, for approximately 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. McPherson is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Adjunct Professor in African and African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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