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Prescription drugs responsible for three of every four overdose deaths in Oklahoma

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: February 10, 2014
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Prescription drugs were responsible for three of every four overdose deaths in Oklahoma in 2012, according to data compiled by Oklahoma Watch.

Hydrocodone and oxycodone were the top two drugs listed in overdoses. Those two drugs are the most prescribed narcotics in Oklahoma.

As the Oklahoma Watch article points out:

Oklahoma pharmacies filled nearly 10 million prescriptions for narcotic painkillers and other controlled dangerous substances last year, according to newly obtained state data.

Those prescriptions — an average of 68 per patient, including refills — contained 597 million doses of painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, steroids and other controlled pharmaceuticals tracked by the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program.

 Here’s a quick graphic I made that outlines some of the numbers presented in Oklahoma Watch’s analysis:


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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