Consumer Health Information Regarding Prescription Drug Abuse

July 25, 2011

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. 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. Accessed July 18, 2011.

Article Citation

Aspinwall C. Killing Pain – and people. Tulsa World. July 17, 2011: A1, A10. Accessed July 18, 2011.


Developments at Google

June 30, 2011

Google has launched several new services including a social networking project called, Google+, and a discovery engine, “What Do You Love?”.

Free tool links patient portals and EHRs to consumer health information

June 21, 2011

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. This free service allows health organizations and health information technology (HIT) providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to, a trusted source of authoritative, up-to-date health information for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus brings together information from NIH, other federal agencies, and reputable health information providers. MedlinePlus covers a wide range of health conditions and wellness issues, and includes key resources to inform patients about their health.

To use MedlinePlus Connect, an organization should contact their EHR vendor or work with their in-house technical staff to follow the instructions in the technical documentation. Full details, including an online demonstration, are available at

Free Ebook Downloads from the National Academies Press

June 21, 2011

Are you a digital reader? If so, you might be interested in the following news. On June 2nd, the National Academies Press (NAP) began offering the PDF versions of their reports and books as FREE downloads.

Who is the National Academies? The National Academies is a collection of four private, nonprofit institutions: the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Center. Each year, the NAP publishes over 200 authoritative books and reports that address science, engineering, and health topics.

More the 4000 NAP titles are now freely available to download. Users can choose to download entire books or individual chapters. To download a book, visit the NAP website at Select a topic to browse (for example, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Food & Nutrition, and Health and Medicine) and explore the available titles. Once you select a title, look for the DOWNLOAD FREE PDF option. To complete the download, you will need to create an NAP user account or register as a guest.

The following list comprises a small sampling of NAP titles:

Local Food Week and Other Resources

June 14, 2011

Monday marked the beginning of Local Food Week, an initiative of Sustainable Green Country’s Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign. If you missed the Seed Sowers Farmers Market earlier this week, which sets up at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center every Monday from nine to one, check out these other events that support local food producers or visit one of the following websites for more information about local food initiatives.

Local/Community Foods

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a non-profit educational foundation located near Poteau, OK. The foundation’s website offers many resources pertaining to sustainable agriculture. The Local/Community Foods section provides the locations of local farmers markets and an Oklahoma harvest calendar.

Oklahoma Farm to School

In 2006, the Oklahoma Farm to School Program Act was created and signed into law. Through the Oklahoma Farm to School website, you can learn more about this legislature and other initiatives to encourage schools to buy produce from local farmers.

Local Harvest

Local Harvest is an organic and local food website through which you can search nationwide for farmers markets, farms, and community supported agriculture by zip code or city. Looking for a specific item? You can choose to limit your searches by specifying certain products.

Farmers Market Search

Agricultural Marketing Service

The Agricultural Marketing Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also maintains a database of U.S. farmers markets, which can be searched by zip code and specific products.

Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)

Agricultural Marketing Service

If you are looking to find support for a local farmers market, the FMPP administers grants to help farmers markets, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, and agritourism activities increase their market opportunities. Check out the website to find more information about the grant application process.

HealthResearchFunding.Org assists unfunded research projects

June 3, 2011

Each year, there are numerous research proposals for promising new treatments that make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a web database designed to bring researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources. It’s called HealthResearchFunding.Org.

By using this database, potential research supporters among NHC membership and those outside the NHC community can avoid duplication of effort and more efficiently identify and evaluate NIH-reviewed research proposals. By utilizing the HealthReserachFunding.Org database, researchers gain an organized and unvarying environment in which to exhibit their proposals alongside their peers. Their respective research institutions could spend less time, effort, and resources looking for financial support and more time conducting research to aid in the development of new treatments for patients.

Help for Flood Victims

May 18, 2011

The MedlinePlus consumer health web site ( has created a page that links individuals to web sites providing high quality information on floods and flooding. You’ll find links to FEMA, CDC, EPA and Department of Homeland Security web sites to assist those needing information on topics such as flood disaster plans, cleanup, mold, air quality, power outages, water safety, repairing your flooded home and more.