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Have you lost a family member or friend to prescription drug overdose?

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: March 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm •  Published: February 28, 2014
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Prescription drug abuse has been called Oklahoma’s fastest growing drug problem.

In Oklahoma, more overdose deaths involve hydrocodone than methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine combined.

Oklahoma has the fifth highest drug overdose death rate in the United States, and the number of drug overdose deaths, a majority of which are from prescription drugs, in Oklahoma tripled since 1999, according this report.

The Oklahoman is working on a project about prescription drug abuse, and we welcome your feedback in the form below.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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