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Oklahoma is constituent state of the United States of America. It borders Colorado and Kansas to the north, Missouri and Arkansas to the east, Texas to the south and west, and New Mexico to the west of its Panhandle region. In its land and its people, Oklahoma is a state of contrast and of the unexpected. The terrain varies from the rolling, timbered hills of the east to the treeless high plains that extend from the Panhandle region into Texas and New Mexico.

Oklahoma's east-central region is dominated by the lowlands of the Arkansas River, sweeping in from Colorado and Kansas, and by the Red River, which forms nearly its entire southern border with Texas. The capital is Oklahoma City, located near the center of the state.

The Prescription Drug Crisis In Oklahoma

For White Americans ages 20-54, unintentional poisonings — primarily accidental prescription drug overdoses — have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of death related to unintentional injury. This stands true for the state of Oklahoma.

The problem is especially bad in Oklahoma, which in 2010 boasted the fourth-highest rate of death via unintentional poisoning in the US. According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Oklahomans exceeded the national average for misuse and abuse of painkillers by an absurd 232 percent - a 22 percent increase since 2004.

For Oklahomans ages 25 to 64, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of injury death. The majority of unintentional poisoning deaths result from the misuse and abuse of opiates (painkillers), distantly trailed by benzodiazepines aka Benzos (anti-anxiety medications). In the year 2007 in Oklahoma, prescription painkillers were responsible for 427 deaths — more than meth, heroine, and cocaine combined. Indeed, opiate addiction, which was once almost synonymous with heroin addiction, now almost exclusively refers to prescription medication in Oklahoma.

The vast majority of those who abuse prescription painkillers do not purchase them from the stereotypical dealer on street corners. Almost one in five (17 percent) of those who used prescription painkillers non-medically in Oklahoma were prescribed the medication by a doctor; 72 percent got the medication from a friend or relative, and 60 percent of those were given the medication for free (eight percent purchased the medication from a friend or relative, and four percent took the medication without asking). Only four percent purchased the painkillers from a dealer.

The users of these drugs are also not who we might expect. As The Oklahoman wrote: The casualties of drug abuse are not just hard-core addicts who buy bootlegged meth, crack and heroin from street dealers: they're middle-aged and middle-class Oklahomans who start taking pain pills for bad backs and other injuries, never dreaming they could wind up tumbling down the slippery slope of addiction, or worse yet, dying from an overdose.

Between 1999 and 2016, more than 10,000 Oklahomans died from a drug overdose. In 2016, 54 percent of all overdose deaths in Oklahoma involved an opioid. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (prescription opioids and illegal opioids) was five times higher than in 1999.

In 2016, enough opioids were prescribed in Oklahoma for every adult in the state to have more than 100 pills. Oklahoma leads the nation in non-medical use of pain medicine, and has the highest percentage of individuals 12 and older who use medications for non-medical reasons.

On average, one Oklahoman dies everyday from an opioid overdose. In 2017, Oklahoma providers wrote 88.1 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons - a 30 percent decline since 2012, when the rate was 127 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons (per the CDC).

The rate of overdose deaths involving opioid prescriptions has also declined from 11.8 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2012, to 6.7 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2017 (Figure 2).

In 2017, there were 388 overdose deaths--- involving opioids in Oklahoma — a rate of 10.2 deaths per 100,000 persons, compared to the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons. The most significant decline occurred among deaths involving prescription opioids, from 444 deaths in 2012 to 251 deaths in 2017.

Deaths involving synthetic opioids (mainly Fentanyl) have remained steady since 2010 with 102 deaths reported in 2017. Those involving heroin have increased threefold since 2011 from 17 deaths to 61 deaths in 2017.

NAS or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) may occur when a pregnant woman uses drugs such as opioids during pregnancy. State specific data on the rate of babies born with NAS/NOWS in Oklahoma is unavailable.

Of the new HIV cases in 2016, 293 occurred in Oklahoma. Among males, 16.6 percent of new HIV cases were attributed to opioid abuse or male-to-male contact and opioid abuse. Among females, 13.5 percent of new HIV cases were attributed to opioid abuse.

In 2015, an estimated 5,774 persons were living with a diagnosed HIV infection in Oklahoma — a rate of 179 cases per 100,000 persons. Of those, 18.6 percent of male cases were attributed to opioid abuse or male-to-male contact and opioid abuse. Among females, 26.3 percent were living with HIV attributed to IDU.

In 2016, 32 cases of acute HCV (0.8 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in Oklahoma. Among those, 62.5 percent were attributable to prescription drug abuse (per the CDC). In Oklahoma, there are an estimated 53,900 persons living with Hepatitis C (2013-2016 annual average), a rate of 1,840.0 cases per 100,000 persons. A significant amount of these cases are attributable to opioid and prescription opioid abuse.

By all accounts, prescription painkiller abuse in the US and in Oklahoma in particular, is now an epidemic. Annual costs of unintentional poisonings in Oklahoma top $40 million. After the prescription drug overdose of University of Oklahoma football linebacker Austin Box, the state officials go together and started to devise plans that would help curb the prescription drug abuse problem in the state.

Addiction Treatment In Oklahoma

The good news is that there are numerous centers of treatment and rehab. There are many types of treatment centers such as long term addiction treatment facilities, short term drug abuse treatment, outpatient detoxification programs, outpatient substance abuse treatment services, inpatient drug abuse treatment and others.

There is a wide range of drug and alcohol rehab facilities available. They include individual psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, couple/family therapy, trauma therapy, trauma-related counseling, cognitive/behavior therapy and others, to name a few. If you need rehab in Oklahoma, all you need to do is place a call to any of the available rehab centers.

CITATIONS

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs

https://www.dea.gov/resource-center/2016%20NDTA%20Summary.pdf#page=40&zoom=auto,-80,792

https://www.carnevaleassociates.com/our-work/emerging-drug-trends-prevention-issue-brief.html

https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-11/DIR-032-18%202018%20NDTA%20final%20low%20resolution.pdf

https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/news-statistics/emerging-drug-trends

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234579/

https://www.shadac.org/publications/50-state-analysis-drug-overdose-trends-evolving-opioid-crisis-across-states

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Oklahoma Drug Rehab by Cities

Achille Ada Adair Adams Addington Afton Agra Albany Albert Albion Alderson Alex Aline Allen Altus Altus AFB Alva Amber Ames Amorita Anadarko Antlers Apache Arapaho Arcadia Ardmore Arkoma Arnett Asher Atoka Atwood Avant Balko Barnsdall Bartlesville Battiest Beaver Beggs Bennington Bessie Bethany Bethel Big Cabin Billings Binger Bison Bixby Blackwell Blair Blanchard Blanco Blocker Bluejacket Boise City Bokchito Bokoshe Boley Boswell Bowlegs Boynton Bradley Braggs Braman Bristow Broken Arrow Broken Bow Bromide Buffalo Bunch Burbank Burlington Burneyville Burns Flat Butler Byars Cache Caddo Calera Calumet Calvin Camargo Cameron Canadian Caney Canton Canute Cardin Carmen Carnegie Carney Carrier Carter Cartwright Cashion Castle Catoosa Cement Centrahoma Chandler Chattanooga Checotah Chelsea Cherokee Chester Cheyenne Chickasha Choctaw Chouteau Claremore Clarita Clayton Cleo Springs Cleveland Clinton Coalgate Colbert Colcord Coleman Collinsville Colony Comanche Commerce Concho Connerville Cookson Copan Cordell Corn Council Hill Countyline Covington Coweta Coyle Crawford Crescent Cromwell Crowder Cushing Custer City Cyril Dacoma Daisy Davenport Davidson Davis Deer Creek Del City Delaware Depew Devol Dewar Dewey Dibble Dill City Disney Dougherty Douglas Dover Drummond Drumright Duke Duncan Durant Durham Dustin Eagletown Eakly Earlsboro Edmond El Reno Eldorado Elgin Elk City Elmer Elmore City Enid Erick Eucha Eufaula Fairfax Fairland Fairmont Fairview Fanshawe Fargo Faxon Fay Felt Finley Fittstown Fitzhugh Fletcher Forgan Fort Cobb Fort Gibson Fort Sill Fort Supply Fort Towson Foss Foster Fox Foyil Francis Frederick Freedom Gage Gans Garber Garvin Gate Geary Gene Autry Geronimo Glencoe Glenpool Golden Goltry Goodwell Gore Gotebo Gould Gowen Gracemont Graham Grandfield Granite Grant Greenfield Grove Guthrie Guymon Haileyville Hallett Hammon Hanna Hardesty Harrah Hartshorne Haskell Hastings Haworth Headrick Healdton Heavener Helena Hendrix Hennepin Hennessey Henryetta Hillsdale Hinton Hitchcock Hitchita Hobart Hodgen Holdenville Hollis Hollister Hominy Hooker Hopeton Howe Hoyt Hugo Hulbert Hunter Hydro Idabel Indiahoma Indianola Inola Isabella Jay Jenks Jennings Jet Jones Kansas Kaw City Kellyville Kemp Kenefic Kenton Keota Ketchum Keyes Kiamichi Christian Mission Kiefer Kingfisher Kingston Kinta Kiowa Konawa Krebs Kremlin Lahoma Lamar Lamont Lane Langley Langston Laverne Lawton Lebanon Leedey Leflore Lehigh Lenapah Leon Leonard Lequire Lexington Lindsay Loco Locust Grove Lone Grove Lone Wolf Longdale Lookeba Loveland Loyal Lucien Luther Macomb Madill Manchester Mangum Manitou Mannford Mannsville Maramec Marble City Marietta Marland Marlow Marshall Martha Maud May Maysville Mcalester Mccurtain Mcloud Mead Medford Medicine Park Meeker Meers Meno Meridian Miami Midwest City Milburn Milfay Mill Creek Millerton Minco Moffett Monroe Moodys Mooreland Morris Morrison Mounds Mountain Park Mountain View Moyers Muldrow Mulhall Muse Muskogee Mustang Mutual Nardin Nash Nashoba New Cordell Newalla Newcastle Newkirk Nichols Hills Nicoma Park Ninnekah Noble Norman North Miami Nowata Oakhurst Oaks Oakwood Ochelata Oilton Okarche Okay Okeene Okemah Oklahoma City Okmulgee Oktaha Olustee Omega Oologah Orlando Osage Oscar Overbrook Owasso Paden Panama Panola Paoli Park Hill Pauls Valley Pawhuska Pawnee Peggs Perkins Perry Picher Pickens Piedmont Pittsburg Platter Pocasset Pocola Ponca City Pond Creek Porter Porum Poteau Prague Preston Proctor Prue Pryor Pryor Creek Purcell Putnam Quapaw Quinton Ralston Ramona Randlett Ratliff City Rattan Ravia Red Oak Red Rock Redbird Rentiesville Reydon Ringling Ringold Ringwood Ripley Rocky Roff Roland Roosevelt Rose Rosston Rufe Rush Springs Ryan S Coffeyville Salina Sallisaw Sand Springs Sapulpa Sasakwa Savanna Sawyer Sayre Schulter Seiling Seminole Sentinel Shady Point Shamrock Sharon Shattuck Shawnee Shidler Skiatook Slick Smithville Snow Snyder Soper Sparks Spavinaw Spencer Spencerville Sperry Spiro Springer St. Louis Sterling Stidham Stigler Stillwater Stilwell Stonewall Strang Stratford Stringtown Stroud Stuart Sulphur Sweetwater Swink Taft Tahlequah Talala Talihina Taloga Tatums Tecumseh Temple Terlton Terral Texhoma Texola Thackerville The Village Thomas Tipton Tishomingo Tonkawa Tryon Tulsa Tupelo Turpin Tuskahoma Tussy Tuttle Twin Oaks Tyrone Union City Valliant Velma Vera Verden Vian Vici Vinita Vinson Wagoner Wainwright Wakita Walters Wanette Wann Wapanucka Wardville Warner Warr Acres Washington Watonga Watson Watts Waukomis Waurika Wayne Waynoka Weatherford Webbers Falls Welch Weleetka Welling Wellston Westville Wetumka Wewoka Wheatland Whitefield Whitesboro Wilburton Willow Wilson Wister Woodward Wright City Wyandotte Wynnewood Wynona Yale Yukon

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