Oklahoma’s accidental prescription overdose deaths closely tracked increased opioid sales

By Randy EllisStaff writerrellis@oklahoman.comNORMAN − In 2017, enough opioids were dispensed in Oklahoma for every adult in the state to have the equivalent of 156 hydrocodone 10 mg tablets, a state Health Department official testified Friday.
More than 6,000 Oklahomans died from prescription drug overdoses from 2000 through 2017, said Claire Nguyen, an administrative program manager for the state Health Department.
Nguyen testified she believes an oversupply of opioid prescription drugs contributed to the state's high overdose death rate.Read more on NewsOK.com

By Randy Ellis
Staff writer
rellis@oklahoman.com

NORMAN − In 2017, enough opioids were dispensed in Oklahoma for every adult in the state to have the equivalent of 156 hydrocodone 10 mg tablets, a state Health Department official testified Friday.

More than 6,000 Oklahomans died from prescription drug overdoses from 2000 through 2017, said Claire Nguyen, an administrative program manager for the state Health Department.

Nguyen testified she believes an oversupply of opioid prescription drugs contributed to the state's high overdose death rate.
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