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.
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.