February 7, 2014

Top 10 Prescribed Narcotics

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Top 10 Prescribed Narcotics

Although the roster of controlled dangerous substances numbers in the hundreds, 10 drugs account for nearly two-thirds of such prescriptions filled in Oklahoma pharmacies in 2013.
DrugPrescriptions
Hydrocodone2,930,093
Oxycodone761,133
Alprazolam873,169
Carisoprodol234,685
Morphine211,559
Lorazepam253,416
Diazepam262,364
Amphetamine271,835
Methadone47,536
Buprenorphine67,728
Source: Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
  • Tag Master

    The disturbing part of the overdose problem is that the vast majority are people who illegally obtained these narcotics, however those taking them responsibly and according to dosing instructions for chronic pain are the ones being punished the most. Many injuries cause pain for a lifetime so the only alternative to these medications is constant suffering. The responsible use of pain killers is not causing the overdose problem. The issue is when people get these drugs illegally then try to increase the normally prescribed amount to keep or get a better high.
    The most common reason people die from overdose is that the pain killers relax the bodies organs to the point that when a person falls asleep after overdosing the body forgets to breathe and a person dies from suffocation. The old saying “Why do I have to suffer because of his mistake” applies quite literally when it comes to prescription pain medications. Those who use their medications responsibly are being targeted because of the misuse perpetrated by the minority.