Drugs Untold exists to collect stories about drug use, abuse, and addiction. This site fills a critical gap in knowledge and information about drugs by gathering accounts from on the front lines who are directly and indirectly impacted by drugs. Drugs Untold illustrates the effects substance abuse has on individuals, families, and communities through shared recordings of first hand experiences. By sharing these untold truths, we are hoping to inspire community understanding and change in order to provide a better world for the children of the future.

Some of the most overlooked populations in our world today are the family members of substance abusers and their drug endangered children. While we recognize that substance abusers need the necessary care and attention in order to succeed in their battle against addiction, we feel that focusing purely on their narrative, illustrates only a small piece in what is the true picture of substance abuse and its effects on our world. We are hoping to address the disparities in this misperceived picture by giving a voice to those who have been silenced, rejected, manipulated, and ignored for far too long.

Dr. Rashi Shukla’s research interests include examining drug use and decision-making, drug policy, and white collar crime. Since 2005, she served as Principal Investigator of a multi-method study of the methamphetamine problem. She has presented her research at state, national, and international conferences. Her research has been published in Substance Use and MisuseCrime Prevention and Community Safety, the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, the Security Journal, the International Journal of Drug Policy, and Children and Youth Services Review.  Dr. Shukla was awarded the University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts New Faculty Member of the Year in 2006-2007 and Faculty Member of the Year 2013-2014.

The work we do is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of society’s biggest challenges. By gathering and sharing the narratives of those who have experienced the realm of substance abuse, we are hoping to shed light on this ever growing issue, and some of its truths that are so often left unspoken.

(PLEASE NOTE: entries may be quoted in newspaper and articles or in other Drugs Untold publications.)