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December 21, 2013

Preventing overdose

NORMAN — Oklahoma ranks among the highest in per capita prescription drug overdoses. In 2012, 507 people died from prescription drug overdoses and about 22,000 die nationally.

State officials are hoping to crack down on the problem, enlisting the help of the media and others in the campaign. Craig Box, the father of former OU football player Austin Box, joined the effort this past week.

Austin Box died in May of 2011 from a prescription drug overdose. He had suffered several injuries as a player, including a ruptured disc, and was taking prescription drugs to cope with the pain.

Officials want to call attention to the drug drop boxes installed throughout the state. In two years, 24 tons of prescriptions have been disposed of properly. Additionally, county officials routinely have drug roundups where leftover prescriptions are dropped off.

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