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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.
Jaclyn is a recipient of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Jaclyn’s project is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Oklahoma had the 14th highest rate of youth drug overdose deaths in the nation from 2011 to 2013, with a rate of nine deaths per 100,000 youth, ages 12 to 25, according to a report released Thursday. Meanwhile, the national rate was seven deaths per 100,000.
Additionally, Oklahoma was one of 12 states that saw its youth drug overdose death rate triple over the past 10 years.
The increase in youth drug overdose deaths is largely tied to increases in prescription drug misuse and the related doubling in heroin use by 18- to 25-year-olds in the past 10 years, according to the report from Trust for America's Health. An estimated 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription
By Jaclyn Cosgrove The Oklahoman Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015
Bristow Medical Center opened the Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence in Jenks in July, but is unable to accept Blue Cross patients because the insurer has so far denied the hospital a contract.