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Roy Williams, Reggie Whitten team up for substance abuse prevention program

Roy Williams, Reggie Whitten team up for substance abuse prevention program

by Skiler Schmitz, Staff Writer Durant Democrat

Press Release Date: 4-7-2011

Reggie Whitten, founder of the Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) program, speaks to the crowd during a presentation at Bloomer Sullivan Arena Wednesday night. The topic of the program was “Substance Abuse and Addiction: Perception vs. Reality.”

Cincinnati Bengals safety Roy Williams was among the speakers at the FATE program.

NFL player Roy Williams joined students and faculty members from SOSU Wednesday evening for an informational panel discussion on substance abuse and addiction. The program was part of the Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) program and questioned participants the difference between perception and reality.

Reggie Whitten is the founder of FATE which is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate the public on substance abuse and addictions in Oklahoma. Whitten said he created the program to honor the memory of his son Brandon who became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol.

Brandon died at the age of 25 after a motorcycle accident caused by substance abuse. Whitten said he was devastated by the death of his son because he was an “All American” kid and football player. Now Whitten said he travels all around the state on behalf of FATE where he has had the chance to speak to large groups about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Also teaming up with SOSU and Whitten on Wednesday night were NFL safety Roy Williams, Oklahoma District 19 District Attorney Emily Redman, Director of Oklahoma’s State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Darrell Weaver and Executive Director of the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery at ECU Holli Witherington.

The panel responded to a variety of questions on the issue of substance abuse and addiction. They were also given the opportunity to participate in a small quiz like game where their knowledge on addiction and substance abuse was tested by audience members.

For more information about the Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) program please visit

(Article courtesy of Durant Democrat)