Sen. Rob Standridge recently spoke to the Norman chapter of Parents Helping Parents, an organization that provides support and resources for parents whose children are struggling with addiction. Standridge, also a pharmacist, last year authored legislation strengthening the state’s prescription monitoring program.
The Norman Republican said organizations like Parents Helping Parents are building invaluable support networks to combat the spread of addiction.
“State leaders are increasingly acknowledging the reality of Oklahoma’s problem with prescription drug abuse, but I have always believed the most important reforms we can make are within our homes and communities,” said Standridge. “That’s where groups like this are so important – they provide education, support, and build the kind of community networks that can make a real difference. Parents in Norman who are dealing with the challenge of addiction have a place to turn for help.”
Standridge discussed recent legislative efforts to combat the spread of prescription drug abuse, in addition to measures he will introduce in the coming legislative session. Standridge has filed Senate Bill 1267, to require registration of pain management clinics, and Senate Bill 1243, which would strengthen regulations on controlled substances in nursing homes.
Standridge also addressed the “Take as Prescribed” campaign recently unveiled by Gov. Mary Fallin and state leaders. The plan will increase the number of drug disposal drop boxes and prescription medical lock boxes available in Oklahoma communities, among other initiatives.
“I’m confident these reforms are a strong step toward addressing this problem at the state government level,” Standridge said. “I’m very grateful to see the governor and state leaders step forward with a plan that not only addresses the issue, but sends a message of support to Oklahoma families. Prescription drug abuse has become a pressing concern in our state, and it’s time for us to move the issue to the forefront of our agenda in the Legislature.”