Oklahoma City_Press Release_A group of Oklahoma mayors is challenging residents to host watch parties during the Jan. 13 airing of Crystal Darkness Oklahoma. Watch parties across the state have been scheduled at businesses, churches, homes, schools and other areas for the 30-minute documentary, which portrays the devastating impact meth has on Oklahoma families and communities.
With a week until the documentary airs, about 200 watch parties have been registered on the campaign's official Web site, www.crystaldarknessoklahoma.org. Television stations across Oklahoma will show the documentary at 6:30 p.m. Univision will show the documentary at 5 and 10 p.m., while Telemundo will air it at 6 p.m.
While most watch parties have been scheduled in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas, the mayors said each community has a chance to register the most parties based off population.
Cordell Mayor Alex Damon said a massive anti-meth education campaign is being conducted in the community's school district. A large screen television will show the documentary for the community at the Cordell School Auditorium.
"Methamphetamine is not just an urban problem, it runs throughout small-town Oklahoma as well," Damon said. "There is no discrimination based on location or social status, so communities across the state need to fight this insidious drug together."
Crystal Darkness Oklahoma is co-chaired by Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry and Wes Lane, president of the Burbridge Foundation and former Oklahoma County district attorney. The official watch party, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It will start at 6 p.m. and show the documentary live.
"On behalf of our Oklahoma City families, I gladly accept this statewide challenge to tackle methamphetamine head-on," Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said. "Whether you watch the documentary at a church, a school or with friends in a living room, we need to show the rest of Oklahoma that nothing can stop us when we work together. I am proud to partner with my counterparts in other communities because it will take the entire state to defeat this deadly drug."
Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor called meth an "incredibly dangerous drug."
"It is crippling many communities in our state and we have to find ways of reaching out to all Oklahomans and begin to address substance abuse in a comprehensive way," she said. "Crystal Darkness Oklahoma is going to help us touch those who have been affected by narcotics and allow us to begin guiding them on their road to recovery."
Call centers will be set up across the state during the documentary's airing. Oklahomans can call 211 the night of the documentary and the days following to receive aid in their fight against meth. They can also call the number to report meth activity in their community.
After the documentary's airing, Phase Two will begin. Phase Two is a comprehensive approach that involves statewide drug awareness education and training for schools, parents and community groups, as well as ensuring law enforcement entities continue working together to suppress and eliminate meth production, trafficking, distribution and use.