Local & Regional
Mon February 28, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK – Just 7 drugs account for 577 Okla. deaths in 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Numbers compiled by state drug-abuse fighters say 577 Oklahomans were killed in 2009 by just seven different drugs five of them legal and obtainable by prescription.
The 2009 figure was up from 550 drug deaths the previous year.
According to The Oklahoman newspaper, the state figures show that the prescription drug hydrocodone was the top killer in 2009, with 130 deaths up from 113 in 2008.
The other drugs among the top seven killers were the street drugs cocaine and methamphetamine, plus the prescription drugs methadone, oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl.