- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has told state lawmakers that improving the health of the state’s citizens should be a priority for the 2015 Legislature.

In her State of the State address Monday, Fallin said Oklahoma ranks at the top of the nation for prescription drug abuse, fourth in the nation in unintentional drug poisoning deaths, seventh-worst for obesity and the sixth-worst for smoking rates.

Fallin says there are thousands of unnecessary deaths in the state each year and billions of public and private dollars spent to treat preventable illnesses.

She says every Oklahoman can better take personal responsibility for their health. But lawmakers can pass a prescription drug monitoring bill that cracks down on the practice of “doctor shopping” and ensures that narcotics are not being prescribed to addicts.

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