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.


CDC Public Health Emergency Update: Oil Spill Web Site

June 18, 2010

CDC’s Oil Spill Web Site ( includes numerous health protection messages. You’ll find information for coastal residents, clinicians, clean up workers, and others.

Information for coastal residents includes fact sheets on potential health effects of oil dispersants, exposure to oil, and protection steps for the public.
Information for clean-up workers includes steps for reducing occupational exposures while working with dispersants during the Gulf Oil Spill response, preventing heat stress, and sun exposure.

Information for Health Care Professionals includes information about potential health effects of dispersants, health surveillance information, taking an exposure history, and health effects of exposure to crude oil.

Community Health Data Initiative

June 16, 2010

Community Health Data Initiative
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg have launched a national initiative to share a wealth of new community health data that will drive innovation and lead to the creation of new applications and tools to improve the health of Americans. HHS health data will be made freely available so that software developers can create innovative applications and make the data more useful for consumers and communities.

“Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Focus on Research and Care” online newsletter

June 16, 2010

A new issue of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Focus on Research and Care is now available online at:

What’s in the Food You Eat?

May 28, 2010

How many calories are in an egg and cheese muffin? A serving of grapefruit? These are pressing questions, whether they are for personal use or for someone who might be in one of the health care fields. The “What’s in the Food You Eat” downloadable database was created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and it contains nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S. Visitors can use the online search tool to look for various food products, and they can just type in words like “orange”, “yogurt”, or “salmon”. An online search engine will return a list of suggested items, and visitors can also focus their search by using food codes from the Foot and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS).

May is Older Americans Month!

May 4, 2010

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month to assist our National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging, and community services providers plan for activities that might take place in May or throughout the year. This year’s theme “Age Strong! Live Long!” recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations.

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit Available

May 4, 2010

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, a health literacy self-assessment tool to guide quality improvement in primary care. It is designed to be used by all levels of staff in practices providing primary care for adults and/or pediatric patients.