Oklahoma law requires prescriptions for painkiller refills

November 10, 2013
by Shannon Muchmore
Tulsa World

A state law that went into effect on Nov. 1 bans refills on prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone.

Dr. Andrew Revelis with Tulsa Pain Consultants said the measure is a response to some of the issues Oklahoma has had with the abuse of the prescription drugs such as Lortab and Vicodin.

A recent Trust for America's Health report found Oklahoma had the fifth-highest drug mortality rate in the country with the rate of drug-overdose deaths in the state at 19.4 per 100,000 people.

A majority of those deaths are from prescription drugs, according to the report.

"I think both the physicians in the state and the legislators realize this problem has gotten out of control, and it requires a drastic solution to solve the problem," Revelis said.

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