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OxyContin Addiction a Common Problem at Florida Drug Detox and Treatment Centers
Florida’s private and public drug detox and treatment centers continue to be filled mostly by patients addicted to the prescription painkiller OxyContin, with Vicodin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone not far behind.
For example, there was a Tampa news story describing Hillsborough County’s 20-bed public drug treatment center as being occupied primarily by people recovering from prescription opiate addictions, and OxyContin addiction is among the most prevalent.
The center’s medical director says most addicts get their drugs from Florida’s infamous pill mills, but that most addictions began with legitimate prescriptions for real pain. Because narcotic painkillers like OxyContin are so addictive, it is not that unusual for a legitimate prescription to progress to physical dependence, and from there to outright OxyContin addiction.
In Pasco County, Florida, Novus Medical Detox Center is seeing much the same thing. An increasing number of patients are arriving with dependencies and addictions to narcotic painkillers, and OxyContin detox is among the most common treatments . Oxycodone, Roxicodone, and methadone are among the other more common drugs encountered.
The need for good Florida OxyContin detox and treatment centers has never been greater. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug overdoses kill an average of seven people every day in Florida, and more than 1.2 million Floridians abuse drugs and alcohol.
Florida pill mills and crooked doctors fuel Florida detox centers
Most OxyContin detox patients at Florida detox centers became addicted to OxyContin while being treated for legitimate pain. When the need for more pills increased beyond their normal prescriptions, many wound up at Florida pill mills, where cash on the line can buy hundreds of opiate painkillers.
According to Bruce Grant, the director of the state Office of Drug Control, there are close to 1,000 Florida pill mills now registered in the state. A few are operated legitimately, but most are little more than legal drug pushers, with stacks of blank prescription forms pre-signed by an absentee doctor.
A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Dept. narcotics detective said recently that some Florida pill mills prescribe more than 200 oxycodone tablets and 100 Xanax pills per person, per visit, if you have the cash.
“How many doctors’ clinics have you been to where all they accept is cash?” the detective asked. If a clinic doesn’t accept different forms of payment it’s “a key indicator” that the clinic is less than legitimate, he added.
But illicit distribution of OxyContin and other narcotic painkillers in Florida is not restricted to Florida’s pill mills. A recent crackdown on Florida pain clinics has resulted in drug trafficking charges against medical doctors pushing drugs right out of their offices and homes.
Dr. Mladen Antolic of Orange County, and another Florida physician, Dr. Jose Menendez of Osceola County, were both arrested by drug agents and charged with various drug trafficking offences.
Agents searching Antolic’s home seized more than an ounce of cocaine, 1,500 Oxycodone pills, 250 sedatives, five guns, an electronic money counter and about $40,000 in cash. At Menendez’s property, agents seized 2,000 pills, several guns and a quantity of marijuana.
A police spokesman said they are investigating a list of the top 30 prescribers of addictive and abused drugs across the entire United States. All but two of them are in Florida, and OxyContin prescriptions are at the top of the list.
Why OxyContin Detox Succeeds at Florida’s Novus Detox
Most patients come to Novus Medical Detox Center for help after failing to withdraw from narcotic painkillers on their own. So-called “cold turkey” withdrawal is not just painful, it can be medically dangerous. Most people who try an OxyContin detox on their own are unable to do it, and soon revert to their OxyContin habit.
At Novus, a withdrawal protocol is designed specifically for each patient. It always includes proper hydration, natural supplements and plenty of delicious, nutritious food. Medications are also used that help ensure that withdrawal is as smooth and painless as possible.
One of the most important medications for OxyContin detox is Suboxone®, a formulation containing the drug buprenorphine. This medication triggers a temporary “endorphin response” similar to that triggered by OxyContin and other opiates and opioids. Buprenorphine eases patients through the withdrawal process, and is then gently tapered off so that the patient’s own natural endorphins take over. Read more about the Suboxone/buprenorphine protocols here.
When our patients leave Novus, they have successfully completed their OxyContin detox, they are off all unnecessary drugs, and they are ready to continue with their lives if they were only dependent, or with rehabilitation if they were addicted.
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