The Problem

Prescription drug abuse is Oklahoma’s fastest growing drug problem. Of the nearly 3,900 unintentional poisoning

deaths in Oklahoma from 2007-2012, four out of five involved at least one prescription drug. In 2012, Oklahoma had the fifth highest unintentional poisoning death rate in the nation (18.6 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 (involved in 9 out of 10 prescription drug-related deaths, with 460 opioid-involved deaths in 2012). 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.

Read the Governor’s Statement Included in the State Plan

See Additional Facts Related to Prescription Drug Abuse

Be Part of the Solution

It is up to all of us to be part of the solution and help prevent and treat the issue of prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.  Link to tips and resources within this website to learn about safe use, storage and disposal of your prescription medications, along with other targeted efforts focused on creating a healthier state.  There are also local resources that you may access to learn about local activities and educational initiatives.

Click Here To Find a List of Regional Prevention Coordinators
Regional Prevention Coordinators are working in partnership with community coalitions across the state to actively address the problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse.

Click Here to Find a List of County Health Department Health Educators
Oklahoma currently has 68 county health departments and two independent city-county health departments serving 77 counties. Each department offers a variety of services, such as immunizations, family planning, maternity education, well-baby clinics, adolescent health clinics, hearing & speech services, child developmental services, environmental health, and the SoonerStart program.