NORMAN — In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opiods, enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pain pills.
Oklahomans were near the head of the pack, too. A new report shows that the Sooner state is fifth in the nation for prescription painkillers. Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky had higher rates.
Providers wrote nearly 128 opiod prescriptions for every 100 residents here. It’s a statewide epidemic with no end in sight. Legislative efforts to put an additional check on doctor shoppers have been turned down.
It’ll come up again at the next legislative session. In the meantime, physicians, legislators and licensing boards should get together and come up with a workable plan to move Oklahoma out of this top five list.
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