The report says 62 Iowans died of prescription drug-related overdoses involving controlled prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone in 2011. That is up 59% from 2010.
The report also says that Iowa saw 29 drug-related traffic fatalities in 2011, the highest level in five years.
In 2011, Iowa saw the most heroin related deaths in recent history, with 10.
"I applaud health care providers who have become more educated on pain treatment and voluntarily stepped up their monitoring of prescription medication use to enhance patient care," said Lukan in a written statement. "Prescription drug abuse is a shared concern that threatens the health and safety of Iowans, and it demands additional action by professionals, parents and all of us who are responsible for securing, using and disposing of medicines in our home."
The report also indicates a drop in synthetic drug sales and use after the legislature passed one of the strongest synthetic drug control laws in the nation.
The report also says that alcohol related motor vehicle fatalities dropped in Iowa from 73 in 2010 to 64 last year. That is the lowest level in at least 18 years.
The ODCP reports that marijuana manufacturing, distribution and use appear to be on the rise in Iowa. Law enforcement has seized 5,813 marijuana plants so far in Fiscal Year 2013 compared to 2,003 in Fiscal Year 2012.
The report also says that 66.2% of Iowa juveniles in treatment named marijuana as their drug of choice.
The complete report is available at http://www.iowa.gov/odcp/.
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