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Oklahoma health leaders discuss addiction, elect new board leader

Oklahoma City and state leaders recently met to discuss building a facility to address the problem of addiction, state Health Commissioner Terry Cline said Tuesday.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 13, 2012
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— Oklahoma City and state leaders recently met to discuss building a facility to address the problem of addiction, the state health commissioner said Tuesday.

Health Commissioner Terry Cline said at the state health board meeting that the hope is to create a state-of-the-art facility that takes a holistic approach in looking at the health of individuals and families.

“Right now, across the state, there's a waiting list of about 600 people for substance abuse treatment, so clearly (there are) not enough substance abuse services,” Cline said.

The center would potentially be in Oklahoma City, based on its central location not only in the state but also the country, Cline said.

A range of people has been involved in the discussion, including hospital system officials and city and public health leaders.

Oklahoma ranks No. 1 in the rate of prescription pain drug abuse and has ranked high on the list for methamphetamine abuse. Addiction costs the state and its residents an estimated $7.2 billion, including $1.8 billion in direct costs.

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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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