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State Unveils Prescription Drug Abuse Strategy

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OKLAHOMA - A task force appointed by Governor Fallin unveiled a plan of action Thursday to help Oklahomans suffering from the state's fastest growing drug problem.

Prescription drug abuse.

Oklahoma has the ninth-highest rate of deaths involving prescription painkillers.
The campaign, called "Take As Prescribed," has several initiatives.

Among them - increasing the number of drug disposal drop boxes statewide.
Increasing the sale of personal medication lock boxes to decrease drug access at home.

Enhancing the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which alerts doctors if a patient is seeing several doctors to maintain their addiction.

The father of Austin Box, the OU linebacker who died from an accidental prescription overdose in 2011, said everyone can play a role.

"If you have teenagers, young adults, and you have old prescriptions around that you're not using, get rid of them," Craig Box said at the capitol, "because that's how a lot of it starts.  Just access to it like that."

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has picked up 24 tons of old prescriptions from those drop boxes over the last two years.

Craig Box said if you see behavioral changes in someone, don't be afraid to ask them about what's going on in their lives.

He said you may uncover a prescription problem.

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