Transform Policy

Get Involved

In the realm of public health, “transforming policy” is the most effective strategy to broker positive change. Unfortunately, it is also the hardest. Policy development requires tremendous effort generated by deep saturation of awareness that problems exist and that solutions rest on the shoulders of policy decision makers and community members alike.

Becoming a media and policy reform advocate takes time. First, you must educate yourself on the issues your community faces and make connections with the media sector, prevention professionals, and policy decisions makers so your community’s voice will be heard loud and clear.

Everyone can agree that someone should do something about the opioid epidemic. Will that someone be you?

Ways to Get Involved

  • Keep up to date on the laws and policies your elected officials have supported by their voting record, so that you know when they are working for or against the social issues you support.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to make contact with the officials you help elect. Provide them with testimony of how social issues, like opioid abuse, have impacted your life and other lives in your community.
  • Go out and have some coffee with your local TV, newspaper, radio hosts, bloggers…etc. and get to know them before social issues arise, so that your group has a voice at the table to provide factual information and resources to the general public.
  • Attend local and national conferences like, NPN, and CADCA Forum to network with industry experts in Prevention and Policy Advocacy.
  • Start or volunteer with a coalition near you to help make your community or community like yours a safer place to raise drug free families.
  • Make the pledge to Think SMART about opioids today and share it on social media.
  • Like our Facebook page and use the Think SMART picture Frame.

Begin that journey with us today by reviewing some advocacy resources below.

Policy Updates

After hearing five months of testimony on the state’s current opioid epidemic, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and members of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse have released their findings and recommendations for changes to Oklahoma law, policy and rules.

Attorney General Hunter applauded the member’s efforts and said the recommendations will go a long way to curbing the state’s opioid epidemic.

“What we are presenting today is a blueprint for changes to legislation and policy that will establish a much needed framework to further enhance Oklahoma’s response to the opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Hunter said. “When implemented, we know lives will be saved, more treatment options will be made available, addiction will be diagnosed, diverted and treated, allowing families who have loved ones struggling with addiction to get help and drug dealers will be held accountable. I look forward to seeing the change that will come about because of our work.”
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Find Your Legislator

Oklahoma and Federal lawmakers are often heard saying:

“It takes only a handful of constituents to shape our decisions. Their personal testimony educates us on important topics, which we take back to the floor and share with our colleagues.”

Current policies (or rather the lack of policy) have allowed the opioid epidemic to thrive. Now you have the opportunity to hold your lawmakers to this claim.

Please be one of the handful to educate your elected officials on what is important to you. If enough teach, they may listen and begin to Think SMART when it comes to adopting mental health and substance abuse policies that impact life across Oklahoma.

Citizens residing within the CAN service area; Adair County, Cherokee County, Craig County, Delaware County, Mayes County, Muskogee County, Nowata County, Rogers County, Sequoyah County, Wagoner County and Washington County; please find your elected officials below.