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Oklahoma Prescription Drug Abuse a Significant Problem

Oklahoma Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse has become a significant problem in Oklahoma and law enforcement is trying to tackle the problem differently. Find out more about Oklahoma prescription drug abuse.

“Things that keep me awake today are so much different than they were,” said Darrell Weaver, the director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Weaver said that Oklahoma’s biggest challenge is with prescription drugs. Between 2001 and 2010, Oklahoma experienced a 107 percent increase in drug overdose deaths. There were 715 overdose deaths in 2010, of which 81 percent were from prescription drugs.

“They are literally killing Oklahomans,” said Weaver. “They affect all age groups and all economic groups.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Oklahoma holds the unfortunate rank of number one in the United States for prescription drug abuse per capita.

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