of all accidents are related to drug abuse.
Is This Where you Live?
Drug abuse in Oklahoma has shifted from the streets to the medicine cabinet, with prescription drug abuse being Oklahoma’s fasting growing problem. Oklahoma is the number 1 state in the nation for the percentage of persons aged 12 and older who use prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes. Drug overdoses now kill more Oklahomans than motor vehicle accidents, which averages to two deaths per day. What’s even more frightening is that four in five overdose victims overdose on medication they were prescribed.
The most commonly used substances in Oklahoma are the painkillers hydrocodone, oxycodone and the anti-anxiety drug alphrazolam. In 2010, hydrocodone was a factor in 153 overdose deaths in Oklahoma, followed by oxycodone at 144 deaths, according to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. Both can be deadly, especially when combined with alprazolam. Alprazolam, or Xanax, was a contributor to 139 overdose deaths.
According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, fatal drug overdoses in Oklahoma have doubled in the past 2 years, totaling to 739 in 2010. Non-prescription street drugs helped kill 147 Oklahomans. Meth was present in 99 overdoses and cocaine in 48. The real contributor has been the increase of prescription drugs.
Oklahoma rehab treatment centers often offer programs for specific groups such as women with children, adolescents or Native Americans.