An ongoing series on the state of mental health and access to treatment in rural Oklahoma. The project is enabled by a grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

The Man with the Kitchen Knife

Gary Clark, schizophrenic for years, stood on his front porch one day, holding a kitchen knife and experiencing a mental-health crisis. Officers would end up shooting him with pepper balls, shocking him with a Taser and firing three bullets into him.

Former OU football coach Barry Switzer, at his home in Norman.

Barry Switzer: Overcoming Personal Trauma

With this video, Oklahoma Watch launches a series, “ConversatIons,” featuring Oklahomans talking about subjects that relate to larger issues in the state – and often to their own lives. Our first conversation is with former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who reflects on the trauma and family turmoil he experienced as a young man.

Eight pounds of crystal meth were seized last year during an eight-month investigation.

OKWatch Radio: The New Scourge of Meth

The methamphetamine scourge is spreading again in Oklahoma, with fatal overdoses from the drug spiking last year, according to numbers from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.