Profiting from Pain: Clinics Help Fuel Prescription Pill Epidemic

Special investigation by Oklahoma Watch and The Oklahoman: Non-doctor-owned pain clinics are dispensing large amounts of prescription painkillers, which state officials say is helping drive a plague of overdose deaths. Legislation aimed at curbing the problem has stalled.

Prospects Uncertain for Prescription-Monitoring Bill

Gov. Mary Fallin’s office and key lawmakers battled Wednesday to prevent the death of a bill intended to crack down of prescription drug abuse, but its prospects appeared shaky as the 2014 session neared its end.

Doctors, Fallin’s Office Face Off Over Prescription Checks

Oklahoma doctors and Gov. Mary Fallin’s office and lawmakers are at an impasse over a proposal to require physicians to check an online database before writing narcotic prescriptions.

New Law Requires Reporting of Prescription Overdose Victims

The Oklahoma medical examiner will begin directly reporting the names of overdose victims to the state narcotics agency, which will then use the data to more closely track the state’s prescription drug problem.