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Oklahoma Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Guidelines
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Prescription drug abuse is Oklahoma's fastest growing drug problem.  Of the nearly 3,200 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma from 2007 - 2011, 81% involved at least one prescription drug.  In 2010, Oklahoma had the fourth highest unintentional poisoning death rate in the nation (17.9 deaths per 100,000 population).   Prescription painkillers (opioids) are now the most common class of  drug involved in overdose deaths in Oklahoma (involved in 87% of prescription drug-related deaths, with 417 opioid-involved overdose deaths in 2011).   In a 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report, Oklahoma led the nation in non-medical use of painkillers, with more than 8% of the population age 12 and older abusing/misusing painkillers.  Oklahoma is also one of the leading states in prescription painkiller sales per capita.


The guidelines are proposed to help reduce the misuse of prescription opioid analgesics while preserving patient access to needed medical treatment.  The workgroup utilized state and national recommendations most relevant to the practice of pharmacy in Oklahoma; the Arizona Guidelines for Dispensing Controlled Substances were a primary source for this document.  
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OKLAHOMA SOCIETY OF HEALTH-BASED PHARMACISTS
PO BOX 2371
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  73101