The rate of unintentional drug overdose deaths has unfortunately risen sharply across the nation. Of the more than 700 unintentional overdose deaths in Oklahoma each year, six out of ten involve at least one prescription drug.
In Tulsa County, the past 11 years of data show that the highest rate of deaths occurred in 2009, with a rate of nearly 24 deaths per 100,000 population. The lowest rate of deaths occurred between 2014 and 2015, followed by another increase between 2016 and 2017.
10 Year Plan Connection: Goal #2 “Lower the rates of suicide attempts and overdoses, and deaths from both causes.”