Fight against opioid abuse in Oklahoma will take team effort

February 16, 2014

For every headline-grabbing case, there are hundreds of everyday Oklahomans who get hooked. Last year, a report by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health showed that only four states had a higher prescription drug mortality rate than Oklahoma’s 19.4 per 100,000 people.

The news organization Oklahoma Watch found that pharmacies in Oklahoma filled nearly 10 million prescriptions for painkillers and other controlled dangerous drugs in 2013. Statistics showed that doctors and medical professionals don’t regularly check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program, which lets them see every narcotic prescription filled by a patient during the previous 12 months. Under state law, they aren’t required to do so.

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