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Prescription drug overdoses kill more Oklahomans than motor vehicle crashes. Of the approximately 700 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma each year, seven out of ten involve at least one prescription drug. Prescription painkillers (opioids) are the most common class of drugs involved in overdose deaths in Oklahoma (involved in more than 80% of prescription drug-related overdose deaths). More overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers than alcohol and all illicit drugs combined.
Although there have been great strides in raising awareness about the dangers of prescription drugs, many people are still unaware that the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs can be as dangerous as the use of illegal drugs, leading to addiction and even death.
- Only take medications as prescribed.
- Never share or sell prescription drugs.
- Properly dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired medications.
- Secure your medications to avoid theft.
- Naloxone is a safe and effective drug that reverses an opioid overdose. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
- Prescription opioids can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but can also have serious risks and side effects.
- Common types are oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco), morphine, and methadone.
- Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller. It is many times more powerful than other opioids and is approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.
- Illegally made and distributed fentanyl has been on the rise in several states.
- Heroin is an illegal opioid. Heroin use has increased across the U.S. among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels.
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Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street - Map to OSDH
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117
Telephone: (405) 271-3430
Fax: (405) 271-2799