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Opioids  prescription and illicit  are the main cause of drug overdose deaths nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of the prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015.

From 2005 to 2014, there were 79 overdose deaths in Stephens County, a rate of 19.4 per 100,000 population, according to the National Vital Statistics Systems.

To date nationally, there are over 25,000 lives that have been saved through overdose reversals with Naloxone, according to Brooke Mahoney, regional prevention coordinator for the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Last month, representatives from local agencies attended training at Red River Technology Center in Duncan to learn about overdose recognition, how to respond, and the administration of Naloxone. They included agencies from Stephens County, Lawton Public Schools police department, Duncan Police Department, Stephens County Sheriff's Office and Velma Police Department. Mahoney attended on behalf of Wichita Mountains Prevention Network.

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