Only 10% of people who need opioid addiction treatment in Oklahoma currently receive it, according to a state commission report, and on a typical day there are 600 to 800 people on the state’s waiting list for inpatient services.
The report was issued by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse, which is chaired by the state attorney general. It made numerous recommendations for addressing the problem.
Oklahoma was ranked #1 in the U.S. for abuse of painkillers in 2014, according to the report. The opioid epidemic has “devastated” the state, the attorney general says.