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  • Collaboration leading Oklahoma’s opioid battle

    By: Sarah Terry-Cobo | The Journal RecordDecember 11, 2017 Dr. Jason Beaman, left, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, speaks as Jessica Hawkins, senior director of Prevention Services with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Attorney General Mike Hunter; and Julia Jernigan, executive director of the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association, listen during a rou...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Judge Balkman’s Ruling to Move Opioid Lawsuit Forward

    Cleveland County Judge denies defendants’ motions to dismissNORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement regarding Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman’s denial of opioid manufacturers’ motions to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against them for their role in creating the opioid epidemic.“We appreciate the care with which Judge Balkman evaluated the motions to dismiss and our response, and applaud his decision to move the case forwar...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to Congress Asking for Repeal of Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

    Attorney General Hunter: Law hinders local law enforcementOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general have sent a letter, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, to congressional leadership calling for the repeal of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.The letter, authored by Attorney General Hunter, Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and North Caroli...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle: Opioid crisis facing the state discussed at addiction summit

    By Cass Rains Staff Writer Education was the most common theme for a solution to the state's mounting opioid crisis, officials said Wednesday during an addiction summit held in Enid.Members of OSU Center for Health Sciences, law enforcement officials, state and local leaders, and policy makers met for the Addiction in Rural Oklahoma Summit at Central National Bank Center. The summit was one of three across the state. One was held Tuesday in Lawton and another was planned for Thursday in Dur...  Read More...

  • AG Hunter Writes Letter to Feds Requesting Opioid Industry be Treated as Criminal Enterprise

    AG Hunter requests meeting to discuss federal, state effortOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting the federal government pursue opioid manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).The letter comes one day after Attorney General Sessions was in Oklahoma to discuss criminal justice issues across the United States.Attorney General Hunter said the letter’s in...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Signs Letter Urging Congress to Pass Road to Recovery Act

    Change to law will make drug treatment options more available to OklahomansOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has signed a bipartisan letter with 38 other attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General, calling on Congress to pass the Road to Recovery Act.The legislation eliminates the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion from the original Medicaid law, which currently acts as a barrier to residential addiction treatment. The elimination will help incre...  Read More...

  • Tulsa World Editorial: Opioid abuse is still an emergency ... and the state is getting ready to do something about it

    Attorney general leads panel taking broad approach to problemRemember when opioid abuse was a national emergency?For about half a news cycle, the national media stopped worrying about the latest presidential tweet and paid some attention to an issue that really matters to families in the heart of the nation.Opioid abuse, driven by excessive prescriptions, is destroying lives in America. The national emergency hasn’t passed, although much of the media attention has.To its credit, the state ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Members of Okla Commission on Opioid Abuse, Sets Meeting Schedule

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the names of the individuals who will serve on the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.Attorney General Hunter, Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz selected the members of the commission after the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 in May.The nine-member commission, chaired by Attorney General Hunter, contains members from the medical community, law enforcem...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle: Oklahoma AG trying to curtail opioid crisis

    By Jessica Miller | Staff WriterENID, Okla. — Opioid overdoses have claimed the lives of almost 3,000 Oklahomans over the last three years, Attorney General Mike Hunter said during a visit to Enid on Monday.His office is focused on trying to get a handle on the opioid crisis, Hunter said.In 2014, there were almost 10 million prescriptions for opioid medication. That's enough to give 50 pills to every person in the state, Hunter told members of Enid Rotary Club.Just 4.4 percent of abused painkill...  Read More...

  • The Journal Record: A cultural change: Viewing opioid addiction as a brain disease

    Panelists on a roundtable discussion on the state’s opioid crisis were Julia Jernigan, Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association; attorney Michael Burrage; Attorney General Mike Hunter; Jessica Hawkins, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and Dr. Jason Beaman, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. The rountable, held Wednesday at KOSU’s studios on Film Row in Oklahoma City, was moderated by The Journal Record Associate Publisher and Editor Ted Streuli....  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Charges Tulsa Doctor with Unlawful Possession of Opioid Medication

    TULSA – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged Dr. James Fleckenstein with obtaining possession of opioid pain medication by fraud, after an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBNDD) and Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.According to court documents, an investigation into Fleckenstein’s prescribing practices began in December 2016 by the OBNDD after a pharmacist became concerned with the amount of opioid medication be...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Mike Hunter files Lawsuit against four Opioid Manufacturers

    State seeks damages for misleading marketing practices and misrepresentationOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed a lawsuit in Cleveland County against four of the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioid pain medication, claiming the effects of deceptive marketing campaigns over the last decade have fueled the state’s opioid epidemic.The lawsuit states the four manufacturers worked with third parties, including those with influence in the medical community, to promot...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Editorial: Fight against Opioids is Worth Having in Oklahoma

    In Case You Missed It  Editorial: Fight against opioids is worth havingBy The Oklahoman Editorial Board | June 15, 2017EVENTS recently in Georgia offer only the latest example of why a task force focused on opioids holds importance in Oklahoma.Early last week, law enforcement and public health officials in Georgia were busy spreading the word about more than a dozen overdoses related to fake Percocet. At least four people died.Percocet contains oxycodone, which is an opioid pain m...  Read More...

  • The Journal Record: Task force wants the dope on opioids

    The Journal Record: Task force wants the dope on opioidsBy: Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal RecordOKLAHOMA CITY – Mike Hunter needs both carrots and sticks to fight a dangerous drug problem.The Oklahoma attorney general said he’s working to get the right people at the table to holistically address the opioid addiction epidemic the state is facing, as part of a task force dedicated to preventing and treating substance abuse. He will also need consensus and eventually will need money from the Legisla...  Read More...

  • The Journal Record: Editorial: A good plan

     Editorial: A good planBy: Journal Record StaffOklahoma’s opioid problem is well-documented and Attorney General Mike Hunter wants to do something about it.According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma in 1999 had 178 opioid-related deaths, a rate of 5.36 deaths per 100,000 people. The following year the rate was up to 7.36 per 100,000.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Statement on Passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement on the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, creating the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.The resolution passed unanimously in the House and by a 38 - 2 margin in the Senate.“I appreciate the members in both chambers working to pass this important measure, especially Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Tim Downing, who authored the resolution and worked tirelessly to see it through.“The creati...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Mike Hunter Announces Formation of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse

    Commission aims to halt state's opioid epidemicOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter was joined by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Tim Downing today at a press conference to announce legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.The commission will be created by Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, authored by Sen.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Mike Hunter Announces Formation of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse

    Commission aims to halt state's opioid epidemicOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter was joined by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Tim Downing today at a press conference to announce legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.The commission will be created by Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, authored by Sen.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Mike Hunter Announces Formation of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse

    Commission aims to halt state's opioid epidemicOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter was joined by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Tim Downing today at a press conference to announce legislation to form the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.The commission will be created by Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, authored by Sen.   Read More...

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