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  • Surgeon general visits Oklahoma City, discusses opioid abuse

    Surgeon general visits Oklahoma City, discusses... By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, spent the day Monday in Oklahoma City, raising awareness about the opioid epidemic and learning how state health leaders have combated this public health crisis in America's heartland.

  • Medical board denies Oklahoma City psychiatrist's request for license renewal

    Medical board denies Oklahoma City... By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 13, 2016

    The state medical board Thursday denied a request by Dr. Amar Bhandary to have his medical license reinstated. Bhandary's license was revoked in 2013 after he was sentenced to prison after being accused of prescribing opiates and benzodiazepines without legitimate purpose to eight people.

  • Emergency responders save 42 lives using naloxone to prevent overdose deaths

    Emergency responders save 42 lives using... From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Emergency responders have saved 42 lives in Oklahoma by using the drug naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths, according to the state Health Department.

  • Emergency responders use naloxone to save 42 Oklahomans from drug overdose

    Emergency responders use naloxone to save 42... Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016

    A family member walked in and found the older woman lying on the couch, not breathing well. An empty pill bottle was lying nearby. The woman had back surgery the day before, and she had received a prescription for hydromorphone, an opioid painkiller.  The family member called 911....

  • Doctor who worked at alleged 'pill mill' in Roland charged with murder

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Oklahoma multicounty grand jury indicted four people tied to clinic.

  • Wife of slain labor commissioner speaks out about insurance coverage for mental illnesses

    Wife of slain labor commissioner speaks out... Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Mar 3, 2016

    For more than eight years, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and his wife Cathy tried to find help for their son Christian. Christian Costello, now 27, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he often struggled. In late August, the family's struggle became very public when...

  • White House plans Oklahoma forum about opioid epidemic

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Dec 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy plans to hold a community forum in Oklahoma on Dec. 16 about the opioid epidemic. Details about the time and place will be released soon. It will be the first of the forums planned across the country on  the best ways to...

  • Oklahoma's youth drug overdose death rate has tripled over the past decade

    Oklahoma\'s youth drug overdose death rate has... Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    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,...

  • State board revokes license of doctor accused of excessive prescriptions

    State board revokes license of doctor accused... BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on Thursday revoked the license of Dr. Tamerlane Rozsa of Tulsa. The board levied several accusations against the physician, including excessive prescribing of drugs and failure to maintain controls against diversion of drugs. The...

  • A day spent at Oklahoma City's medical detox center

    A day spent at Oklahoma City\'s medical detox... Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The Recovery Center sits less than half a mile from Oklahoma City's iconic milk bottle grocery building at NW 23 and N Classen. It's easy to miss the rectangular brown building as you're driving to work or headed to meet friends at a nearby restaurant.  Inside the center,...

  • Six felony murder indictments in Pryor accidental overdose case part of a larger prescription drug problem

    Six felony murder indictments in Pryor... BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    PRYOR — The felony murder indictments of a teenage son and five others in the accidental pain pill overdose of a Pryor woman is indicative of a larger prescription drug problem that Mayes County prosecutors are hoping to bottle up. First Assistant District Attorney Brian Surber says he...

  • Son and five others indicted on murder charges in Pryor woman's overdose death

    Son and five others indicted on murder charges... BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    PRYOR — The teenage son of a woman who died from an accidental prescription drug overdose almost a year ago is one of six people indicted by the state’s multicounty grand jury on murder and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors have linked the six defendants to the woman’s death via felony murder...



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