Noted attorney to deliver personal message about substance abuse and addiction

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Noted attorney to deliver personal message about substance abuse and addiction

September 29, 2009

A noted Edmond attorney will share a moving message of his family’s personal experiences with drug and alcohol addiction during a presentation at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva on Monday, Oct. 5.

Reggie Whitten, a civil litigation attorney and co-founder of the Whitten-Newman Foundation, will deliver the presentation: Substance Abuse and Addiction: Perception vs. Reality, in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. The presentation is open to the general public.

In addition to his presentation, Whitten will lead a panel discussion on the subject with a diverse group of individuals, including experts on substance abuse and treatment, policy makers and law enforcement.

In his own words, Whitten admits he once thought drug and alcohol addicts were bad people who made bad choices and did not want to quit their habit. He was in denial long after he discovered his own ‘nearly perfect’ son’s addiction was the cause of two deaths. Since that time, he has discovered new truths about substance abuse and addiction and has dedicated his life to share his story and save lives.

Whitten’s presentation at other universities has been met with overflow crowds and engaged audiences.

Whitten believes the personal and public cost of substance abuse and addiction is the number one problem facing the nation.

Following Whitten’s presentation, a panel discussion will occur and audience members will be encouraged to ask questions.

Among the members of the panel will be local legislators, Rep. Jeff Hickman and Sen. Bryce Marlatt; Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole; Jim Riley, former college and professional football star; District Attorney Hollis Thorpe, and local attorney Mike Mitchel. A representative of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services also is scheduled to attend.