Oklahoma has major problems with prescription drugs. It is no longer stereotyped with those from lower social classes and hard-core druggies that have problems with drug use. They now come in all walks of life. They are middle-aged people with injuries and back pain who never thought that they would end up having a drug use problem. Some are soldiers and veterans who have turned to narcotics after war to help them deal with anti-social anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. There are also many cases of teens from the suburbs who are stealing their parents meds to be sold or consumed for their own use.
In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reported that Oklahoma had 16, 570 admissions into drug and alcohol detox centers of which 8,105 completed, 1,723 transferred, 5,281 dropped out, 613 were terminated, 336 were incarcerated, 482 were for other reasons, and there was 30 fatalities. According to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Control in 2010, hydrocodone caused 153 overdosed deaths, oxycodone 144, alprazolam 139, methadone 99, morphine 85 and fentanyl 53. As for non-prescription street drugs, there were 147 deaths of which 99 were from meth and 48 from cocaine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they reported that from 1999-2010 the nationwide sales of opioid pain relievers actually quadrupled. What people don't understand is that they if they combine benzos with opiates that they could die and when alcohol is added it becomes lethal. This is known as a "cocktail" which has caused over half of the fatal overdosed deaths.
Oklahoma is trying to make improvements for their state. In 2011, 12 of Oklahoma's Drug Free Communities (DFC) Programs received grants from the ONDCP, received $67,359,062 in Federal grants to support 39 of their programs and the House of Public Health Committee on Feb. 21, 2012, authorized a bill that would mandate all Oklahoma doctors to check the Prescription Monitoring Program database before they give out any prescriptions to new patients. Also, legislation is trying to pass a House Bill 2468 to where doctors can no longer call in prescriptions, patients will need paper scripts. The legislation wants stricter guidelines for narcotics.
Are you looking for a drug and alcohol detox center in Oklahoma? If so, they have 121 of them in their state. It is wise to research the treatment center(s) you are interested in before you make that final choice and obligation to. You want to feel assured in the decision you have selected.