Fallin praises bill targeting prescription drugs

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is praising a bill designed to crack down on prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma by requiring doctors to check an online prescription database before prescribing highly abused narcotics.

A Senate committee has approved the bill by Guthrie Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin. It now can be scheduled for a hearing in the full Senate.

Fallin said 81 percent of drug-related deaths in Oklahoma are caused by prescription drugs. She cited a recent survey that showed nearly 8 percent of Oklahomans are abusing prescription painkillers, nearly twice the national average.

Fallin signed a bill last year to create the program for monitoring the prescription of certain drugs, but law enforcement officials say not all doctors are using the program.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Sherman 4201 Texoma Pkwy (903) 892 -8123 Ardmore 2624 S. Commerce (580) 223-0946
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 247109631 - http://kxii.com/a?a=247109631
Gray Television, Inc.