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Oklahoma Laws and Programs

  • By: Tina N. Ardery, Stephanie A. Kline, Brooke N. Hill & Jared P. Dempsey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Since 1975, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBN) has enforced Oklahoma laws, trained local law enforcement agencies, and compiled drug-related statistics. The OBN works to control and reduce the demand and availability of drugs by disrupting the manufacture, supply, and trafficking of illicit drugs.

The drug with the most significant impact in Oklahoma is currently methamphetamine, while other drugs of focus include marijuana, cocaine, methadone, and hydrocodone products. Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to introduce laws restricting the purchase of methamphetamine precursors like pseudoephedrine. Additionally, Oklahoma has enacted laws to reduce prescription fraud, substance abuse, and “doctor shopping” (e.g., seeing more than one doctor at a time to obtain medication).

The Prescription Monitoring Program, Oklahoma Drug Courts, and the Oklahoma ...

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