Statistics from a 2009 state agency report indicate that both drug and alcohol abuse and addiction pose a tremendous health risk to the people of Oklahoma. In addition, studies from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show the profound economic impact from substance abuse.
If we are to improve the health, safety and economic well-being of our people, it is imperative that we address substance abuse and addiction.
Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the general public on substance abuse and addiction in Oklahoma. We motivate individuals and groups – with programs and other resources – to work to significantly reduce substance abuse and addiction in the state.
Many Oklahomans have been impacted by their own substance abuse or addictions or those of loved ones. But few are aware of ways to address the problem. FATE seeks to educate Oklahomans about the issue in hopes of motivating solutions both for the individual and the state.
The Meaning of FATE
FATE’s name comes from the belief of its founders and speakers that each person has a choice about the direction of their life. You can choose your “FATE” and no one is destined for, or must remain in, a life of addiction or substance abuse.
Unless we take action on substance abuse and addiction in Oklahoma, there will be inevitable and adverse outcomes. But we can choose our FATE. Oklahomans are not victims of fate – we can overcome the problems of substance abuse and addiction by taking action!