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Late OU linebacker's mother targets prescription drugs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The mother of a University of Oklahoma football player who died of a prescription drug overdose is helping launch a campaign to bring awareness to the problem, which has surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Oklahoma.

Gail Box is scheduled to speak Monday at the Coalition Against Rx Drug Epidemic, or CARE, at the state Capitol.

Box's son, Austin Box, was a linebacker for OU who died in 2011. An autopsy showed he had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died.

According to statistics from the State Department of Health, Oklahoma's drug overdose rate increased by nearly 400 percent from 1999 to 2013, and the state currently has the sixth-highest unintentional drug overdose death rate in the U.S.

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