01 The Problem
Prescription drug abuse is Oklahoma’s fastest growing drug problem. Of the nearly
3,200 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma from 2007-2011, 81% involved at
least one prescription drug. In 2010, Oklahoma had the fourth highest unintentional poisoning death rate in the nation (17.9 deaths per 100,000 population).
The pattern for drug overdose deaths has changed considerably over the past 40 years. Heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines were most commonly associated with unintentional poisoning deaths, but in the late 1990s, the most common cause of overdose deaths became prescription drugs.
Prescription painkillers (opioids) are now the most common class of drug involved in overdose deaths in Oklahoma. The most common prescription drugs involved in overdose deaths are hydrocodone, oxycodone, and alprazolam. In Oklahoma, more overdose deaths involved hydrocodone or oxycodone than all illegal drugs and alcohol combined.
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Regional Prevention Coordinators are working in partnership with community coalitions across the state to actively address the problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse.
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