DRUG ADDICTION IN OKLAHOMA
A recent drug bust in Oklahoma was so alarming that the event made national headlines and prompted Oklahoma law enforcement to perform a broader investigation into drug seizures in the state.
Oklahoma, a state ravaged by the opioid epidemic and a number of addiction crises that followed, just secured a $250 million settlement with pharma distributors McKesson, Cardinal, and AmerisourceBergen for the role those companies played in Oklahoma’s addiction epidemic. Hopefully, Oklahoma will use the settlement to fund desperately needed treatment programs for struggling addicts.
Methamphetamine overdose deaths have tripled across the United States. A drug that was not often flagged as the cause of death in drug use cases is now a life-threatening substance. And in the state of Oklahoma, it’s the #1 killer.
Indigenous tribes across the nation have made national headlines for officially labeling opioid overdose deaths as national emergencies. Indigenous tribes such as the Blackfeet of Montana and the Cherokee of Oklahoma are just two of the latest tribal nations to announce that opioid addiction is a crisis-level emergency within their tribal lands.
The last few years have seen hundreds of court cases levied against pharmaceutical companies for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic. One recent development came in the form of an unfortunate loss for plaintiffs, when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson.
While it is true that each state in the U.S. struggles with some degree of drug addiction among its residents, drug use trends differ, state-to-state. What does drug abuse look like in a mostly rural state like Oklahoma?
Oklahoma may seem like a peaceful, sun-filled land of rolling hills and prairies. But this area also struggles with a severe drug problem. It is a public health crisis that affects cities and rural communities alike.