prescription drugs

Health
6:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

CDC Ranks Oklahoma 5th In The Nation In Painkiller Prescription Rate

Oklahoma ranked lower than only Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky in the number of opioid painkillers prescribed to residents.
Centers for Disease Control And Prevention

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Oklahoma tied for fifth in the nation in the rate  of painkillers prescribed to its residents.

The CDC says Oklahoma doctors wrote about 128 opioid pain reliever prescriptions, drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, per 100 state residents.

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State Capitol
9:02 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Fallin, Doctor Groups At Impasse On Oklahoma Drug Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin and two of the leading physician groups in Oklahoma are at an impasse over the final details in a bill designed to curb prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz confirms the governor was not able to reach an agreement with the Oklahoma State Medical Association and Oklahoma Osteopathic Association on which drugs should be checked in a prescription drug monitoring database.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Oklahoma Looks To Kentucky As Prescriptions Fall In States With Required 'Doctor-Shopping'

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When the state of Kentucky decided two years ago to require doctors to check their patients’ drug-taking histories before writing new narcotic prescriptions, some physicians were adamantly opposed.

The doctors said mandatory checks would cause them to waste valuable time and money running checks on patients with legitimate pain and anxiety problems. They said they didn’t need an online database to help them spot “doctor-shoppers” who might be obtaining prescriptions from more than one doctor.

Then, a funny thing happened.

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11:17 am
Mon February 10, 2014

As Drug Deaths Rise, Millions of Narcotic Prescriptions Filled

Lead in text: 
Leading the list of Prescription Monitoring Program prescriptions and overdose contributors are three popular pharmaceuticals: hydrocodone, an opiod painkiller sold under the brand names Lortab, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco and Tussionex; oxycodone, another opiod painkiller sold as OxyContin and Percoset, and alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug marketed as Xanax.
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.
Prescription Drugs
9:45 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Prescription Discounts Available For Some Needy Oklahomans

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Cards that provide a discount on prescription medications for the needy in Oklahoma will be offered through a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

The food bank announced the partnership with Watertree Health in which every person served by the food bank will be given a free Regional Food Bank Prescription card.

Food bank officials say the card is good for discounts on both brand name and generic prescriptions and is accepted at a variety of outlets and pharmacies that fill prescriptions.

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5th Highest Mortality Rate In Country
6:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Oklahomans Dying By Prescription Drug Overdose

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A new report says Oklahoma has one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country, but that the state is doing more than most to help curb prescription drug abuse.

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1:35 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pain and Consequences for Those Taking Too Much Pain Medication

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Several states are now trying to tackle what they see as a serious public health concern. Oklahoma is one of the leading states on that front, as PBS Newshour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports.
At age 22, college football player Austin Box had suffered a slew of painful injuries. Two weeks after his graduation, he overdosed on a lethal cocktail of pain medications, none of which he had been prescribed. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the perils of painkillers and the difficulty of combating abuse.
Drugs in School
3:06 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Norman Students Treated for Apparent Drug Overdose

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Four Norman High School students have been taken to a Norman hospital after apparently taking prescription drugs at the school.

District spokeswoman Shelly Hickman says the students appeared under the influence of drugs late Monday morning. She said they did not appear to be in a life-threatening condition and were taken to Norman Regional Hospital as a precaution.

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