PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE in OKLAHOMA

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in the nation for the highest rates of prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other powerful painkillers, according to the CDC. (CDC, 2014)
  • Overdose deaths now surpass motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of unintended death by injury in the state and are the leading cause of death by injury for Oklahomans ages 25 to 64. (OSDH, 2014)
  • In 2010, Oklahoma had the 4th-highest unintentional poisoning death rate the nation (17.9 deaths per 100,000 population). (CDC, 2012)
  • Oklahoma has the 9th-highest rate of deaths involving prescription painkillers in the nation. (CDC, 2011)
  • Of the nearly 3,200 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma, from 2007-2011, 81% involved at least one prescription drug. (OSDH)
  • Adults (both men and women) age 35-54 had the highest death rate of any age group – nearly twice that of any other age group. (OSDH)
  • In Oklahoma, more overdose deaths involved hydrocodone or oxycodone han all illegal drugs and alcohol combined. (OSDH)