Consumer Health Information Regarding Prescription Drug Abuse


An article featured in last week’s Tulsa World reported that in the state of Oklahoma, more people overdose from prescription pills than from street drugs (Aspinwall 2011, A10).

Read the full article here.

While recent laws in Oklahoma mandate the monitoring of certain prescription drugs by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, patient education is a key factor to combating our state’s prescription pill problem.

The following list includes online consumer health resources pertaining to prescription drug abuse.

Prescription Drug Abuse

A Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medicine, FDA’s Consumer Updates

Misuse of Prescription Pain Relievers: The Buzz Takes Your Breath Away… Permanently, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIDA InfoFacts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse, Mayo Clinic

Prescription Drug Abuse, MedlinePlus

Relevant Research Articles

Paulozzi LJ, Kilbourne EM, Desai HA. Prescription drug monitoring programs and death rates from drug overdose. Pain Medicine. 2011; 12(5):747-54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21332934. Accessed July 18, 2011.

Paulozzi LJ, Weisler RH, Patkar AA. 2011. A national epidemic  of unintentional prescription opioid overdose deaths: How physicians can help control it. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2011; 75(5):589-92. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21536000. Accessed July 18, 2011.

Article Citation

Aspinwall C. Killing Pain – and people. Tulsa World. July 17, 2011: A1, A10. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20110717_11_A1_bDispa203271&archive=yes. Accessed July 18, 2011.

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