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Prescription Drugs and the Law Bill would add prescription drugs to drug trafficking crimes in Oklahoma By Randy Ellis Modified: January 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014 Carrying large quantities of certain prescription drugs would be added to the list of crimes for which a person could be charged with drug trafficking under a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives. “I think it's a big problem across the state,” said state Rep. Pat Ownbey, author of the bill. “I think society doesn't realize what kind of major problem we have with prescription drugs in Oklahoma.” Oklahoma's drug trafficking laws currently pertain to illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. House Bill 2589 would add the possession or distribution of large quantities of morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and alprazolam (Xanax) to that list. Under the bill, carrying 1,000 grams of a mixture containing morphine, 400 grams of an oxycodone mixture, 50 grams of a hydrocodone mixture or 15 grams of a mixture containing alprazolam would be punishable by a fine of $100,000 to $500,000 and prison time. Ownbey, R-Ardmore, said he believes the bill is important because current law doesn't differentiate between a person caught with one pill without a prescription and a person caught with two carloads. The person can only be charged with possession of a controlled substance, which he said doesn't carry sufficient penalties to deter traffickers. “Quite frankly, prescription drugs are causing a lot more problems for our society than any of the other drugs,” he said. Darrell Weaver, executive director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, said his agency supports the bill.
GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF OPIOIDS DRUG ABUSE IN PREGNANCY DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT RESOURCES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND THE LAW CAPSAT CONTACT INFORMATION “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 18 through September 24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that raise awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.” White House Press Release, 16 September 2016