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Novus Medical Detox Services Seniors with Prescription Drug Addiction
Novus Medical Detox Facility of Pasco County, Florida (http://novusdetox.com) announced its detoxification program is available to seniors (people aged 50 or older) suffering from prescription drug addiction or dependency.
The Director of Novus Medical Detox Center stated “The number of people 50 or older abusing prescription drugs could increase 190 percent over the next two decades, leading to unprecedented levels of elderly Americans succumbing to prescription drug addiction. As baby boomers advance in age, they will bring with them their broad cultural acceptance of drugs, especially pharmaceuticals, which is expected to drive a corresponding rise in prescription drug addiction, abuse and dependency.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, America’s senior citizens comprise only 13 percent of the population, but consume a third of all medications prescribed in the nation. Seniors falling victim to prescription drug addiction, dependency and abuse could rise from 911,000 in 2001 to almost 2.7 million in 2020.
Institute Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., recently told a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs that prescription drug abuse and dependency among older Americans is of particular concern.
“In a culture in which medications are considered a ‘quick fix’ for whatever ails you, combined with the greater rates of lifetime drug abuse among the baby boom generation as compared to those in the current older generation relative to its size, it is possible that the number of persons aged 50 or older abusing prescription drugs could increase 190 percent over the next two decades,” Dr. Volkow said.
Novus Detox is particularly concerned about the health effects of prescription drug addition on seniors due to their higher incidence of other illnesses as well as normal changes in drug metabolism. He said “The first action for anyone to take in recovering their life from prescription drug addiction or dependence is very often a detox program, followed by drug rehab if it’s required — which often can be the case. But for seniors, the term ‘medical’ drug detox should be emphasized. Drugs can have dangerous effects on older bodies, and a medical drug detox is the safe way to become free of dependence and addiction.”
While many medical detox programs take place in a hospital, Novus Medical Detox Center specializes in handling drug dependencies in a private setting that is stress-free, comfortable and safe. The facility, set on 3.2 wooded acres 45 minutes north of Tampa, FL, offers private rooms, TV and high speed internet access. Detoxification programs at Novus provide detox services for people wishing to withdraw from drugs including opiate detox, heroin detox, psychotropic detox, alcohol detox, benzodiazepine detox and prescription drug detox.
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