The leading cause of injury death in the 35-to-54 age group used to be motor vehicle collisions. It is now unintentional poisoning from medications.
The five most common causes of prescription drug overdoses seen in American emergency rooms were alprazolam, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone.
In Oklahoma, there has been a steady increase in the number of prescription-related fatalities. The state now averages 458 deaths a year, compared to about 100 deaths a year in 1999, according to a publication by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Most susceptible were women in the 45 to 54 age group.
Next up were men in the 45-to-54 age range. Cleveland County ranked below the state average. The highest rates of death from unintentional medication overdoses were in McCurtain and Okfuskee counties.