Prescription Drug Information

Painkillers

prescription painkillersPrescription drug abuse has become one of the largest drug problems in our country and Oklahoma is no different. If these pharmaceutical companies continue their push with physician who need more patients, this problem will only worsen.

There are controlled substances that will replace any street drug other than, perhaps, hallucinigens. Dilaudid, a strong opiate painkiller, is usually perferred by heroin addicts because they can count on his strength and purity. Oxicontin is also a favorite.

If the pharmacutical companies wanted to slow or even stop this illicit use, they could manufacture these pills in a form that could not be disolved and injected. This graph will show you the impact of controlled substances in Oklahoma.

Illicit and Controlled Prescription Drug-Related Deaths in Oklahoma Counties

Drug Type Cleveland Comanche Muskogee Oklahoma Tulsa Sequoyah Total State
Illicit 1 1 4 21 27 69
Controlled Prescription 22 5 22 74 96 3 435

From these stats you can see the impact that prescription drug have on our Oklahoma communities.



Sedatives and Tranquilizers

sedatives, tranquilizersThere are an estimated 1.6 million non-medical users of tranquilizers and another 300,000 users of sedatives in the United States. These represent two fo the top for categories of prescription drug abuse. Sedatives and tranquilizers fall under the category of CNS depressants, which slow normal bodily function.

Commonly-prescribed sedatives and tranquilizers include barbiturates, such as mephobarbital (Mebaral) and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal), and benzodiazepines, like as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide HCl (Librium), and alprazolam (Xanax). There are also more sedating benzodiazepines, such as triazolam (Halcion) and estazolam (ProSom).

During the first few days of taking a prescribed CNS depressant, a person usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated, but as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear. If one uses these drugs long term, the body will develop tolerance for the drugs, and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects. Continued use can lead to physical dependence due to their high potential for abuse and - when use is reduced or stopped - withdrawal.

Although withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be problematic, it is rarely life threatening, whereas withdrawal from prolonged use of other CNS depressants can have life-threatening complications. Therefore, someone who is thinking about discontinuing CNS depressant therapy or who is suffering withdrawal from a CNS depressant should speak with a physician or seek medical treatment.


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Prescription Drugs

Cocaine

Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth

Alcohol/ Marijuana

Ecstasy/ Hallucinogens

Heroin

Oklahoma Cities

Alva
Antlers
Arkoma
Atoka
Bartlesville
Bristow
Broken Arrow
Catoosa
Chandler
Checotah
Collinsville
Dell City
Durant
Elk City
Edmond
Glenpool
Henryetta
Hobart
Holdenville
Idabel
Jenks
Lawton
McAlester
Muskogee
Norman
Noble
Nowata
Oklahoma City
Owasso
Purcell
Ponca City
Sallisaw
Sand Springs
Shawnee
Tahlequah
Tulsa
Wagoner
Weatherford


Prescription Drugs

Cocaine

Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth

Alcohol/ Marijuana

Ecstasy/ Hallucinogens

Heroin