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Florida OxyContin Detox Can Help Save “A Whole Generation”
“It’s devastating in a rural community. We’re losing a whole generation to OxyContin.”
So said Sheriff Gordon Smith of Florida’s Bradford County, where close to two dozen young people — that’s eight a year — have died of prescription drug overdoses in the past three years, about the same as the number of people killed in traffic crashes in the county.
OxyContin, which has been called “legal heroin” because of its addictiveness and its effects, is a time-release opioid painkiller. It is a popular alternative with hard-core street heroin addicts because it’s active ingredient, oxycodone, creates much the same effects as heroin. For that reason, it is among the most widely abused prescription drugs in the world.
In Florida, OxyContin detox programs are available. If more people would take the initiative and call a Florida OxyContin detox center the moment they see a friend or family member in trouble with the drug, the numbers of deaths, injuries and interrupted lives across the state would certainly be reduced.
Bradford County’s problems with OxyContin are particularly stunning when you consider that the county’s population is less than 29,000 people. Per capita, more kids may be dying in Bradford and Florida’s other smaller counties from OxyContin than in heavily populated counties like Miami-Dade (2.5 million), Broward (1.7 million) or Hillsborough (1.2 million).
Sheriff Smith and other rural sheriffs in Northeast Florida say the numbers of deaths, injuries, crimes, arrests and disrupted families and careers from OxyContin and other prescription drugs has reached “epidemic levels”. Abuse of OxyContin and other prescription drugs is endangering the lives of local teens and placing enormous strain on law enforcement resources. In fact, says Sheriff Smith, the number of prescription drug cases now outpaces traditional street drugs 8 to 1 in his county.
Bradford County is not alone in its problems with OxyContin. Law enforcement and government personnel, as well as medical detox specialists across the state, cite OxyContin and oxycodone among the most widely abused and dangerous drugs of all, and that includes both prescription drugs and street drugs.
Oxycodone and OxyContin show biggest ER increases
A recent report found that emergency room visits for abuse of prescription pain pills more than doubled between 2004 and 2008. And the biggest increase — 152 percent — involved oxycodone and painkillers using oxycodone, including the deadly OxyContin.
The June, 2010 study, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is titled 111 Percent Increase in Emergency Department Visits Involving Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers in Five-Year Period. A 111 percent increase represents slightly more than a doubling of the number of ER visits for prescription opioid painkillers from 2004 to 2008.
“We urgently need to take action,” said CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden. “Emergency department visits involving non-medical use of these prescription drugs are now as common as emergency department visits for use of illicit drugs.”
The report stated that the dramatic rise in emergency department visits occurred across men and women of all age groups, including those younger than 21.
The three prescription opioid pain relievers most frequently involved in hospital emergency department visits were:
- Oxycodone products — ER visits involving nonmedical use rose 152 percent, to 105,214.
- Hydrocodone products — emergency department visits involving nonmedical use rose 123 percent, to 89,051.
- Methadone products — emergency department visits involving nonmedical use rose 73 percent, to 63,629.
“These alarming findings provide one more example of how the misuse of prescription pain relievers is impacting lives and our health care system,” says the report.
In Florida, OxyContin and oxycodone were among the most dangerous and deadly drugs in 2009, according to a report from the state’s medical examiners.
Florida’s Novus offers a better OxyContin detox program
In Florida, OxyContin detox is offered by a number of centers, but they are not all the same. Many of Florida’s OxyContin treatment programs are rubber-stamp affairs that do not tailor the detox program to each patient’s unique needs.
At Novus Medical Detox Center in Florida’s Pasco County, medical protocols are carefully followed that provide one of the most effective OxyContin detox programs available anywhere. The program includes a thorough medical checkup and a review of each patient’s medical and drug or alcohol history, which leads to treatment matching each patient’s personal health requirements.
The Novus OxyContin detox program is safer than others because it provides round-the-clock medical supervision by an experienced team of detox professionals. The Novus OxyContin detox program is more comfortable and easier to complete than other programs, because it minimizes physical craving and withdrawal symptoms. Trust Novus to provide Florida’s premier OxyContin detox program.
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