For Immediate Release: January 27, 2014
Sen. Rob Standridge
Standridge discusses prescription drug reforms with parent
Standridge recently spoke to the Norman chapter of Parents
Helping Parents, an organization that provides support and resources
for parents whose children are struggling with addiction. Standridge,
also a pharmacist, last year authored legislation strengthening
the state’s prescription monitoring program.
The Norman Republican said organizations like Parents Helping
Parents are building invaluable support networks to combat the
spread of addiction.
“State leaders are increasingly acknowledging the reality
of Oklahoma’s problem with prescription drug abuse, but
I have always believed the most important reforms we can make
are within our homes and communities,” said Standridge.
“That’s where groups like this are so important –
they provide education, support, and build the kind of community
networks that can make a real difference. Parents in Norman who
are dealing with the challenge of addiction have a place to turn
Standridge discussed recent legislative efforts to combat the
spread of prescription drug abuse, in addition to measures he
will introduce in the coming legislative session. Standridge has
filed Senate Bill 1267, to require registration of pain management
clinics, and Senate Bill 1243, which would strengthen regulations
on controlled substances in nursing homes.
Standridge also addressed the “Take as Prescribed”
campaign recently unveiled by Gov. Mary Fallin and state leaders.
The plan will increase the number of drug disposal drop boxes
and prescription medical lock boxes available in Oklahoma communities,
among other initiatives.
“I’m confident these reforms are a strong step toward
addressing this problem at the state government level,”
Standridge said. “I’m very grateful to see the governor
and state leaders step forward with a plan that not only addresses
the issue, but sends a message of support to Oklahoma families.
Prescription drug abuse has become a pressing concern in our state,
and it’s time for us to move the issue to the forefront
of our agenda in the Legislature.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Standridge: (405) 521-5535