Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2018
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Senate gives final approval to bill aimed at Oklahoma’s opioid
The full Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a measure addressing
the over-prescription of opioids in Oklahoma—the prescription
drug is now the leading cause of fatal overdoses in the state. Sen.
R-Moore, is the principal author of Senate Bill 1446.
While the opioid crisis represents a national epidemic, in its 2018
report, The Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse noted Oklahoma has
consistently ranked near the top of states for opioid abuse. According
to the report, in 2016, there were 899 drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma—a
shocking 68 percent increase from 2007.
“The changes outlined in SB 1446 will save lives and prevent
addiction,” Sykes said. “This legislation was approved
overwhelmingly in both chambers. I am optimistic that Governor Fallin
will join us in its approval by signing SB 1446 into law.”
For more information:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569