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Fri April 23, 2010

Tracking Drug Overdoses

Oklahoma City, OK – Henry signs bill to help track drug overdoses

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has signed a bill that will require state narcotics officers to compile a report on the number of drug overdoses each year.

The bill was one of three signed into law by Henry on Thursday.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs requested the bill to help them keep track of both fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses. The agency launched an initiative earlier this year to combat the abuse of prescription drugs.

Officials report that since 2001, there has been a 78 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths.

Other bills signed by Henry would streamline the application process for a concealed firearm carry permit and allow the Oklahoma Film and Music Office to keep certain business plans and other proprietary information confidential.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has signed a bill that will require state narcotics officers to compile a report on the number of drug overdoses each year.

The bill was one of three signed into law by Henry on Thursday.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs requested the bill to help them keep track of both fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses. The agency launched an initiative earlier this year to combat the abuse of prescription drugs.

Officials report that since 2001, there has been a 78 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths.

Other bills signed by Henry would streamline the application process for a concealed firearm carry permit and allow the Oklahoma Film and Music Office to keep certain business plans and other proprietary information confidential.