Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness

ROB MCCLENDON: HELLO
EVERYONE, THANKS FOR
JOINING US HERE ON HORIZON. WELL SINCE 2007, MORE
PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM
OVERDOSES FROM PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS,
THAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN
CAR CRASHES. IT’S A GROWING PROBLEM
THAT’S ESPECIALLY ACUTE
HERE IN OKLAHOMA. ACCORDING TO THE U S
CENTER FOR DISEASE
CONTROL, OKLAHOMA IS ONE OF A HALF A DOZEN
STATES WITH THE HIGHEST
DEATH RATES FROM THOSE PAINKILLERS. NOW WORK IS UNDERWAY
TRYING TO LOWER THAT
NUMBER, BUT IT’S A COMPLEX PROBLEM WITH
NO EASY ANSWERS. JOINING ME NOW IS
OUR ANDY BARTH. ANDY BARTH: WELL ROB,
THE DEATH RATES FROM
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE JUMPED DRAMATICALLY
BETWEEN 1999 AND 2010. AND ACCORDING TO THE
CENTER FOR DISEASE
CONTROL, THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM PAINKILLER
OVERDOSES INCREASED FIVE
TIMES FOR MEN BETWEEN 1999 AND 2010; A SIGNIFICANT
INCREASE THAT IS DWARFED
BY THE GROWING DEATH RATE AMONG OKLAHOMA WOMEN. THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OF
ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSES AMONG
THESE WOMEN HAS GROWN SEVEN FOLD SINCE 1999; A
DISTURBING STATISTIC THAT
IS IMPACTING ALL SEGMENTS OF SOCIETY. ANDY BARTH: THEY HELP US
WHEN WE’RE SICK AND WHEN
WE’RE IN PAIN; BUT, THE LONG LIST OF WARNINGS ON
PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELS
ARE THERE TO BE READ AND TAKEN SERIOUSLY. MARK WOODWARD: LAST YEAR
IN OKLAHOMA WE HAD 643
DRUG RELATED DEATHS AND 86% OF THOSE INVOLVED
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. ANDY: MARK WOODWARD IS THE
SPOKESMAN FOR THE OKLAHOMA
BUREAU OF NARCOTICS AND SAYS PRESCRIPTION DRUG
ABUSERS COME IN ALL KINDS. MARK: SOMETIMES
THEY’RE THE LAST
PEOPLE YOU’D SUSPECT. BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS,
COLLEGE EDUCATED, PEOPLE
WHO HAVE NEVER USED AN ILLEGAL DRUG IN THEIR
LIFE, BUT THEY GOT HOOKED
ON THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AFTER A LEGITIMATE
PROBLEM AND THEY JUST
COULDN’T LET GO OF IT. ANDY: AND ONE PERSON WHO
COULDN’T LET GO IS FORMER OSU BASKETBALL COACH
SEAN SUTTON. SEAN SUTTON: I ACCEPT
FULL RESPONSIBILITY
FOR WHAT HAPPENED. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES. I DID IT AND I AM SORRY. ANDY: SUTTON SOUGHT HELP
FROM THE CIRQUE LODGE, A DRUG AND ALCOHOL
REHABILITATION
CENTER IN UTAH. GARY FISHER IS THE
LODGE’S DIRECTOR. GARY FISHER: PRESCRIPTION
MEDICATIONS ARE ALMOST
LIKE JOB SECURITY FOR THE TREATMENT INDUSTRY. IT IS A PLAGUE
IN OUR NATION. IT’S SOMETHING THAT
WE ABSOLUTELY CAN
DO SOMETHING ABOUT. ANDY: AND FISHER SAYS NOT
ONLY IS PRESCRIPTION DRUG
ABUSE A DANGEROUS PROBLEM, IT’S ALSO EXPENSIVE. GARY: AMERICA SPENDS MORE
MONEY ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE
AND MEDICAL HEALTH FOR PEOPLE WITH ALCOHOL AND
DRUG ADDICTIONS THAN WE
SPEND ON EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE,
TRANSPORTATION, AND
FOREIGN AID COMBINED. ANDY: AND IT’S
NOT JUST ADULTS. MARK: PROBABLY EIGHT OUT
OF TEN CALLS THAT I GET
FROM OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS ABOUT DRUGS THAT THEY’RE
FINDING ON THEIR CAMPUS,
IT’S NOT MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL IT’S KIDS
BRINGING THEIR PARENTS’
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. PARTY VIDEO: YOU GUYS
READY TO GET THIS PARTY
REALLY POPPING? LET’S DO IT. [MUSIC]. ALRIGHT. THIS ONE’S FOR YOU. WHOAH! OH MY GOD, KYLE! OH MY GOD! SOMEBODY CALL 911! MARK: THESE KIDS GET OUT
OF SCHOOL AT THREE
O’CLOCK, PARENTS DON’T GET HOME FROM WORK UNTIL SIX. THESE KIDS OR THEIR
FRIENDS ARE OFTENTIMES
LEFT AT HOME ALONE, AND THEY’RE GOING THROUGH
MEDICINE CABINETS AND THEY
DON’T STEAL AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF THIRTY PILLS. A PARENT’S
GONNA MISS THAT. A PARENT IS NOT
GONNA MISS THREE OR
FOUR OF THEIR PILLS. ANDY: LEAVING
DEADLY CONSEQUENSES
AND LIVES IN PRISON. ARREST VIDEO: YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT;
ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST
YOU IN A COURT OF LAW. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE
RIGHTS I HAVE JUST READ? ANDY: WELL DEFINITELY AN
ISSUE TO BE TAKEN
SERIOUSLY AND ONE THAT THE STUDENT ORGANIZATION, THE
BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF
AMERICA, FEELS STRONGLY ABOUT. NOW SOME OF THE FOOTAGE
YOU SAW THROUGHOUT THE
STORY WAS FROM A COMPETITION THE BPA
STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN
TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS. ROB: SO ANDY, WHEN I HAD
KNEE SURGERY THEY GAVE
ME A PRESCRIPTION FOR PAINKILLERS AND I WOUND UP
ONLY TAKING ONE BECAUSE I
JUST DIDN’T LIKE THE WAY THEY MADE FEEL. NOW, WE’VE ALL HEARD
THE WARNINGS, WHAT DO I
DO WITH THE REST OF THE PILLS THAT I JUST
HAVE LYING AROUND? ANDY: WELL ROB, THE
OKLAHOMA BUREAU OF
NARCOTICS HAVE SET UP DROP LOCATIONS IN EACH COUNTY
IN OKLAHOMA SO PEOPLE CAN
TAKE THOSE PAIN MEDS TO AND DROP THEM OFF IN A
SECURE LOCATION AND THAT
WAY OTHER PEOPLE CAN’T FIND THAT MEDICATION AND
BE TEMPTED TO USE THEM
FOR THE WRONG REASONS. ROB: ALRIGHT, THANK YOU SO
MUCH ANDY, APPRECIATE IT. WELL OVERDOSE RATES FROM
PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS
IS RISING MUCH FASTER IN MIDDLE-AGE WOMEN
THAN ANYONE ELSE. A LITTLE LATER IN OUR
SHOW, WE EXAMINE HOW
PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION HAS LED TO INCARCERATION
FOR SOME VERY
UNLIKELY INMATES. BUT WHEN WE RETURN, WE
LOOK AT WORK UNDERWAY ON
THE LEGISLATIVE FRONT.

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