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Meth: Oklahoma's 'number one drug threat'

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OBN says methamphetamine is the most dangerous illegal drug in Oklahoma. (Courtesy) OBN says methamphetamine is the most dangerous illegal drug in Oklahoma. (Courtesy)
Oklahoma's top drug officials outlined the dangers of meth and opioids at a forum in Ardmore on July 11, 2019. (KTEN) Oklahoma's top drug officials outlined the dangers of meth and opioids at a forum in Ardmore on July 11, 2019. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says methamphetamine is the state's "number one drug threat."

That's why the agency held a public forum in Ardmore on Thursday evening.

"So that they know how to recognize the issues that are occurring within our community and who to contact and how to get help whenever they see problems that exist," OBN director John Scully said.

The OBN consults with law enforcement partners around the state to issue a drug threat assessment. While the 2019 assessment shows meth to be the most dangerous drug in the state, there's another deadly and illegal substance that is having an impact on countless lives.

"Obviously, we have an opioid epidemic," Scully said. "A lot of really good hard work's been done to mitigate the opioid threat. It's very prevalent within Oklahoma, and it's the number one killer in Oklahoma."

According to OBN, while there are fewer meth labs in the state, use of the drug remains prevalent.

"Imported methamphetamine continues to cause a lot of damage in communities because it's such addictive properties," OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said.

Meth was not the only drug to be mentioned in the assessment as a threat.

"We've seen upticks in cocaine use; certainly that's a concern," Woodward said. "Prescription drugs have always been a concern for us because that's a drug that can be in the homes of any parent."

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