Seminole State College and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host a free screening of Killing Pain, a documentary series chronicling the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kelly Haney Center lecture hall.
The in-depth documentary explores the public health crisis in Oklahoma from its origin to steps the state is currently taking to stem the epidemic. The series is presented by Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) and produced by Lampstand Media.
The series also features personal stories of addiction, the economic cost of the crisis and the biology of addiction.
Seminole native Reggie Whitten founded FATE after the tragic overdose death of his son, Brandon.
“This documentary is part of my ongoing personal mission to show Oklahomans this epidemic is real and it is on our doorstep,” Whitten said. “I also want people to know there is hope and there is help for those who are struggling. No parent should ever have to go through the pain and suffering of losing a child. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Brandon. I want people to know his story and the thousands of other stories that are similar. The more people we can get to understand the realities of the crisis, the more lives of Oklahomans we will save.”
Other prominent Oklahomans interviewed for the series are U.S. Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, Commissioner for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Terri White and Assistant Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University-Center for Health Sciences Dr. Jason Beamon and more.
For more information on the screening, contact the SSC President’s Office at 405-382-9200.