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Late OU football player's mother pushes drug bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of a University of Oklahoma football player who died of a drug overdose is urging legislators to approve a bill designed to crack down on prescription drug abuse.

Gail Box visited with legislators on Wednesday and asked them to support the bill that would require doctors to check an online prescription drug database before prescribing highly abused narcotics.

Austin Box was a highly decorated linebacker for OU who died in 2011. An autopsy showed he had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died.

Gov. Mary Fallin supports the bill, but several physician groups in Oklahoma say the latest version of the bill requires too many drugs to be checked in the database.

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