Our guest is the true-crime writer Jax Miller, who joins us to discuss her new book. "Hell in the Heartland" documents a stranger-than-fiction cold case from rural Oklahoma that has stumped authorities for some two decades. The book is called "Hell in the Heartland: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls." As was noted by Library Journal: "True crime fans who are fascinated by the dark side of rural life and police incompetence, and open to a somewhat ambiguous ending, will find much to savor."

On this edition of ST, we are pleased to welcome back to our program Dr. Gerard Clancy, TU's Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences. (Dr. Clancy has also been designated as the next President of the University.) He joins us to talk about a newly announced effort aimed at addressing mental illness and substance abuse in the Tulsa area.


Oklahoma embarks on an anti-smurfing campaign. Smurfing is the criminal practice of buying cold or allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to knowingly or unknowingly sell them to meth cooks. The anti-smurfing initiative is kicked off in Tulsa with State Senator Rick Brinkley, author of a law limiting pseudoephedrine sales.  He wants people to know smurfing is a serious criminal offense.

The campaign will inform consumers about smurfing through signs and handouts displayed at pharmacies throughout the state.

Oklahoma Watch

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An electronic system to connect Oklahoma with other states to track sales of drugs containing a key ingredient in methamphetamine is expected to be running by October 1st.

A state law approved earlier this year established the system went into effect July 1st — and state Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said work to integrate the state's current system into the system is under way.

Woodward said Oklahoma is the only state that already has a real-time tracking system in place while other states were simply "plugged into" the larger system.


State and local law enforcement have dismantled a large Mexican methamphetamine network in central Oklahoma.  On Monday, July 16th, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, along with officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations served 30 Arrest Warrants at several locations throughout central Oklahoma as part of a year- long joint undercover investigation.  Mark Woodward, Spokesman for OBN says the majority of the warrants were executed in Oklahoma County. 

New bill tries to control pseudoephedrine sales

Mar 7, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pharmacists say even though a bill to require them to determine the legitimate need of a customer buying medicines containing pseudoephedrine might put them in a more dangerous situation — they generally support the idea. Pseudoephedrine is found in common cold and allergy medicines and is a key ingredient in methamphetamine. The bill comes after two efforts to require prescriptions for medicines containing pseudoephedrine failed in committees. The latest bill was sent to the full House on a 15-0 vote by the House Public Safety Committee.