Article Photos: Oklahoma Watch: Oklahoma pharmacies fill nearly 10 million prescriptions for narcotic painkillers 1/1

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a pharmacy technician poses for a picture with hydrocodone tablets at the Oklahoma Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, Okla. Hydrocodone is the key ingredient in Vicodin. The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 - a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped. Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone led to the deaths of almost 15,000 people in 2008, including actor Heath Ledger. That's more than three times the 4,000 deaths from narcotics in 1999. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)