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New A Forever Recovery Blog Post Looks at Key Facts about the History of Oxycodone


Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

In its latest blog post, A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is focusing on key facts about the history of oxycodone.

“While oxycodone was created as a narcotic painkiller to help individuals manage acute post-operational pain, the fact is that millions of people across the country – including many young people – are addicted to this opioid, and don’t realize that the consequences of abuse can be fatal,” commented A Forever Recovery’s Per Wickstrom.

According to the blog post:

Oxycodone is found in a number of prescription medications, including OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, Combunox, Roxiprin, Roxicodone, Endocet, Endodan and Targiniq ER.
Oxycodone was created by scientists who hailed it as a non-addictive, semi-synthetic substitute for heroin, morphine and opium.
By 1963, Percodan abuse (a combination of oxycodone and aspirin) was cited as the source of 33% of addictions in the State of California.
In 1970, oxycodone was listed as a Schedule II drug in the (then) new Controlled Substances Act. Schedule II drugs, substances or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.
In 1996, OxyContin was introduced as the first pure oxycodone drug
By 1998, OxyContin was responsible for 80% of its maker Perdue’s profits.
Between 1992 and 2006, a survey by the FDA revealed that national admissions for treatment involving opioids spiked from below 40,000 to over 120,000.
A government survey in 2006 across 16 States discovered that more than 50% of addicts admitted to Rehab Facilities were abusing or addicted to oxycodone.
A national survey in 2006 found that 15.6 million Americans aged 12 and older had taken a drug containing oxycodone on a recreational basis, and that 26% of drug users admitted to being addicted to OxyContin.
A 2008 FDA report announced that oxycodone may be more addictive than morphine.
The oxycodone abuse epidemic has led to the emergence of “pill mills” across the country, where unethical doctors prescribe bottle after bottle of pain medication without a proper exam.
To prevent addicts from crushing OxyContin, a new gel formulation was released in 2013. The FDA also removed all crushable OxyContin from sale.

“While the new tamper-proof formulation may prevent some from abusing OxyContin, the fact is that addicts are resourceful and they’ll turn their attention to other opiates – some of which are even more potent and addictive,” added Per Wickstrom. “As concerned individuals, groups and governments work to prevent future addicts, it’s also important for everyone to realize that individuals already addicted need treatment. Addiction never goes away on its own. On the contrary, it gets worse and worse until the addict ends up in jail, the hospital, or the morgue.”

The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “Some Facts You Should Know about the History of Oxycodone” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/drugs/facts-know-history-oxycodone/

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

Learn more at http://aforeverrecovery.com/







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Growing Concern About Anticonvulsant Birth Defects Prompts Wall Street Journal Report and Expanded Birth Defects Resources by Consumer Justice Foundation Website


(Vocus/PRWEB) April 13, 2011

The state of prescription drug approval and due process in the United States is the subject of a March 2011 article by the Wall Street Journal entitled “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”. The article examines concern over recent changes in FDA classifications for common anticonvulsant drugs, as well for warnings regarding multiple antipsychotic drugs such as Haldol and Abilify (Source: “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

Conclusive evidence that drugs can cross the placenta during pregnancy and potentially harm the unborn fetus has been available since the 1960’s. The first notable case of defective drug litigation involving birth defects occurred after more than 10,000 babies were born with missing or shrunken limbs after their mothers took thalidomide during pregnancy. At the time, thalidomide was a widely prescribed morning-sickness drug and sleep aid (Source: “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

However, despite this information, little has changed over the past five decades in regards to determining drug risk for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and their children. The problem surrounds ethical issues with testing on these sensitive populations. As a result, little or no testing is completed prior to prescription drug release into the population at large, leaving physicians and patients in the dark in regards to possible birth defect risk. Until patterns of birth defects are reported in large numbers, physicians continue to prescribe these drugs to their pregnant patients with little knowledge of the potential harm they may cause (Source: “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

The Wall Street Journal article was produced following a March 2011 FDA MedAlert Safety Update regarding the re-classification of the anticonvulsant and migraine medication Topamax (“Topamax (topiramate): Label Change – Risk For Development of Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate in Newborns”, March 4, 2011, FDA.gov). In February 2011, there was another alert issued by the FDA regarding the potential for certain antipsychotic drugs including Haldol, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Abilify, to cause significant withdrawal symptoms in babies after birth. (“Antipsychotic Drugs Used During Pregnancy Could Harm Newborn”, February 2011, FDA.gov).

Classification by the FDA as a pregnancy category D drug means that “there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans” (Source: “Chart of FDA Pregnancy Categories”, FDA.gov). The FDA strongly advises against using class D drugs during pregnancy unless the potential harm to the mother outweighs the risk to the fetus. Many popular anticonvulsant drugs fall into the class D classification, including Dilantin, Topamax and Depakote.

As more studies examine the potential fetal harm of anticonvulsant drugs, families begin to seek information on potential birth defects related to these medications. These serious potential defects include oral-facial malformations such as cleft palate and cleft lip, hypoplasia of the fingers or mid-face and neural tube defects such as spina bifida (Source: “The Teratogenicity of Anticonvulsant Drugs”, Lewis B. Holmes, M.D., N Engl J Med 2001; 344:1132-1138, April 12, 2001).

In response, The Consumer Justice Foundation has just added a new Dilantin resource section to the existing birth defect website http://www.RxBirthDefects.com. The Dilantin information on RXBirthDefects.com covers potential Dilantin birth defects that may be associated with taking the drug during pregnancy. The active ingredient in Dilantin is the agent phenytoin which is a known teratogen. Specifically, Dilantin has allegedly been connected to a syndrome resembling Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, called Fetal Hydantoin Syndrome. Fetal Hydantoin Syndrome is characterized by prenatal growth deficiency and mental deficiency (Source: “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis”, 2004, CDC.gov)

RXBirthDefects.com is part of the family of resource websites created by the Consumer Justice Foundation, an online consumer watchdog agency. Families seeking legal recourse for birth injuries related to Dilantin taken during pregnancy can find more information about how to file a Dilantin lawsuit and updated news on the status of ongoing Dilantin drug litigation in the United States. Families can connect immediately with reputable Dilantin attorneys and legal representation via the free case evaluation form available online at RXBirthDefects.com.

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Teen Writing Contest About Mental Health Issues Gets Support From Published Authors Donating Autographed Books Reports StageofLife.com


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Online writing community, StageofLife.com, announced today that eleven, internationally published authors will be donating an autographed copy of their book as part of the winning prize packages for the teen finalists of the website’s “March Madness” writing contest dealing with mental health issues.

As an educational resource, StageofLife.com’s mission is to change the world through storytelling, and its award-winning, blogging platform welcomes close to a million teens, college students, teachers, and parents each year who come to the site to read and share their personal, real-life stories.

The site often collaborates with authors based on the topics of its writing prompts.

“We are overwhelmed at the support by the professional writing community as they donate autographed copies of their books for this month’s writing contest on mental illness and health,” said Rebecca Thiegs, VP of Education StageofLife.com.

Participating authors who are donating a signed copy of their book on mental health as a prize to the winning “March Madness” contest finalists include:

–Susannah Cahalan – “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” (Simon & Schuster)

–Marya Hornbacher – “Madness: A Bipolar Life” (Mariner Books)

–Randye Kaye – “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope” (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers)

–Melody Moezzi – “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life” (Avery Trade)

–Stacy Pershall – “Loud in the House of Myself” (W.W. Norton & Company)

–Elyn Saks – “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness” (Hyperion)

–Lizabeth D. Schuch – “More Than Bipolar: A Memoir of Acceptance and Hope” (iUniverse)

–Karen Winters Schwartz – “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? A Family’s Journey through Bipolar Disorder” and “Reis’s Pieces – Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia” (Goodman Beck Publishing)

–Andrew Solomon – “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” (Scribner)

–Pamela Spiro Wagner – “Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia” (St. Martin’s Griffin)

–Fletcher Wortmann – “Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” (Thomas Dunne Books)

When asked about her participation with Stage of Life writing contest, author Stacy Pershall said, “Every time you come out to one person as having a mental health disorder, you change the world. Eliminating stigma happens one person at a time. Just giving someone the vocabulary to address what’s happening to them — for example anorexia, bulimia, self-harm — is a powerful thing…Before I got the right treatment, I was certain I’d die by suicide; it was just a matter of time. Now it’s not all about me. I have to stay alive so I can keep other people alive. Killing myself has ceased to be an option.”

Thiegs added that “People don’t talk about mental health issues or mental illness because of the shame and brokenness surrounding the topic, so this month, while much of the world watches the March Madness college basketball tournament, we want to encourage people to think, write and share a story surrounding the topic of mental health and mental illness.”

Alongside its “March Madness” writing contest, StageofLife.com features educational videos, recommended TED talks, resource reading on mental illness, and a Twitter contest awareness component.

Melody Moezzi, author of “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life,” told StageofLife.com that, “Sharing our stories as people living with mental illness is by far the most powerful way to fight stigma and discrimination. It’s our best weapon against the insidious culture of shame and silence that surrounds mental illness today.”

The StageofLife.com essay contest is open to anyone aged 13 years and older. Stories must be original, non-fiction, and 500 words or less. There is no entry fee and submissions are due March 31, 2014 by midnight Pacific Time US.

In addition to receiving a signed book, the 1st Place student writer will also receive gift cards from literacy sponsors IHOP and Papa John’s while the 1st Place adult writer will receive gift cards from Applebee’s and SpaWeek.

Finalists and Winners will be posted on the essay winner’s page and Teen Trend Report after April 20th, 2014.

To get details and submit a story to the March Madness writing contest, visit http://www.StageofLife.com.







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New A Forever Recovery Infographic Reveals Shocking Facts About Benzos (Benzodiazepines)


Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) October 08, 2014

A new infographic from open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program A Forever Recovery is revealing shocking facts about the psychoactive drugs commonly known as Benzos (Benzodiazepines).

As the infographic points out:


Benzos reduces the activity of neurons that cause stress and anxiety
Benzos are variously classified as sedatives, hypnotics, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-convulsants drugs and muscle relaxants
Benzos are typically known by their brand names, which include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Halcion and Klonopin
Benzos are typically prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, panic attacks, alcohol withdrawal, and early stages of dementia
Many people are abusing Benzos by using them as tranquilizers
Recent studies have suggested that a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s increases by 50% when Benzos were used for more than 3 months.

“Around the world, dementia affects approximately 36 million people,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “And now that there appears to be a link between Benzos use and increased risk for Alzheimer’s, it’s extremely important for anyone with elderly parents to find out exactly what medication they have been taking, and for how long. If that list includes Benzos, then they should speak with a physician to discuss risks and alternatives.”

A Forever Recovery’s new infographic that reveals shocking facts about Benzos is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/drug-abuse/shocking-facts-will-help-avoid-benzos/

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

Learn more at http://aforeverrecovery.com/







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The Holistic Sanctuary Issues Response to The Irish Times About the Risks of Long-term Methadone Use


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

The Holistic Sanctuary announces its response to a recent headline from The Irish Times concerning long-term methadone use as a form of ‘State-sponsored Social Control,’ as described by the paper’s headline.(1) This story comes amidst demands within the United States and Europe, where Irene Crawley, Director of the Hope project in Dublin says: “The irony is methadone is an opiate like heroin and you’re addicted to it. It is just as hard, if not harder, to come off it as it is heroin.” (2)

This statement parallels The Holistic Sanctuary’s commitment to permanently end addiction to methadone, heroin, subuxone, subutex, buprenorphine, oxycontin, vivitrol, narcan and other opiates, drugs, alcohol and prescription medications.

The article from The Irish Times overlaps with data in the United States, compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealing that almost one-third of prescription painkiller overdose deaths involve methadone. Six times as many people died of methadone in 2009 (the most current year, for which the CDC has comprehensive numbers) than a decade before.(3) In fact, more than 4 million methadone prescriptions were written for pain in 2009, despite US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings about the risks associated with methadone.(4)

The CDC’s report is one of several concerning the risk of overdose from methadone, as part of the organization’s “Vital Signs” study. Based on an analysis of fatal methadone overdoses and the use of opioid pain relievers (OPR) in general, researchers conclude that methadone was involved in 31.4% of OPR deaths in the 13 states. It accounted for 39.8% of single-drug OPR deaths. The overdose death rate for methadone was significantly greater than that for other OPR for multidrug and single-drug deaths.(5)

In addition, the FDA has gone so far as issuing an alert (“Death, Narcotic Overdose, and Serious Cardiac Arrhythmias”) about the severity of this crisis, stating: “FDA has reviewed reports of death and life-threatening adverse events such as respiratory depression and cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving methadone. These adverse events are the possible result of unintentional methadone overdoses, drug interactions, and methadone’s cardiac toxicities (QT prolongation and Torsades de Pointes).”(6)

The enormity of this epidemic is part of a separate FDA report (“FDA’s Efforts to Address the Misuse and Abuse of Opioids”), which corresponds to the information assembled by the CDC, bringing the number of deaths related to methadone and opiod drugs – in a single year – to more than 15,500. (7) The FDA also issued a draft guidance document to assist industry in developing new formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties. FDA intends to take a flexible, adaptive approach to the evaluation and labeling of potentially abuse-deterrent products.(8)

And yet, methadone addiction – as well as other opiate-related dependencies – continues to be cause for international worry. A London study from the Institute of Psychiatry at the National Addiction Centre, in which the authors interviewed and studied 351 drug users undergoing methadone treatment, further illustrates this point. According to the findings: “The results raise serious questions about the purposes, the delivery, and the effectiveness of this form of treatment and suggest the need for a critical reappraisal of the purposes and effectiveness of this widely used form of treatment.”(9)

These negative reports and repeated warnings about the dangers of methadone are a marked contrast to The Holistic Sanctuary’s exclusive, all-natural and safe means of eradicating addiction and healing the mind, body and spirit. At the other end of the spectrum, conventional rehab centers elicit considerable condemnation. In a New Republic review of Anne M. Fletcher’s investigation of these facilities (“Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment – and How to Get Help That Works”), she profiles dozens of addicts whose rehab experiences are, in her opinion unconscionable, including the case of Jessie who was kicked out of a facility because she had “failed to accept a higher power.” (“I heard clients characterized as dishonest, narcissistic, and selfish,” writes Fletcher.)(10)

For Johnny Tabaie, “Johnny The Healer,” (see also http://www.johnnythehealer.com/) the Founder of The Holistic Sanctuary, permanently ending addiction is his maximum priority, thanks to his safe and successful (as verified through double-blind studies) solution known as the Pouyan Method. This treatment targets and reverses the root causes of addiction, restoring and rejuvenating brain cells damaged by drug abuse.

Also, Johnny does not stigmatize addiction as an incurable disease or a lifelong, irreversible condition. His moving and uplifting video testimonials from guests are a testament to this idea, confirming there is an alternative to the relapse-to-rehab revolving door of pain, despair and financial ruin. People can view these powerful stories at: theholisticsanctuary.com/Ibogaine-Videos/

“Methadone addiction is a toxic epidemic, which needlessly costs the lives of approximately 16,000 Americans each year from overdoses and fatal drug interactions. Traditional treatment centers worsen this problem by giving other patients a combination of prescription medicines – the proverbial chemical cocktail – which contain a multitude of side effects such as liver and renal failure, heart damage, pulmonary distress, mania, suicidal thoughts, depression and pancreatitis, among other dangers. We avoid these broken techniques and failed treatment modalities. Instead, we heal a patient’s brain so they can heal their life,” says Mr. Tabaie.

Prospective guests can see the undeniable evidence of The Holistic Sanctuary’s efforts involving the repair, restoration and rejuvenation of the areas damaged from addiction by clicking Pouyan Method Brain Scans (theholisticsanctuary.com/Brain-Scan/).

About The Holistic Sanctuary

The Holistic Sanctuary is the home of the exclusive, all-natural and proprietary Pouyan Method, which enables patients to permanently end a variety of addictions. Unlike conventional drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, which have rates or failure or relapse among patients, The Holistic Sanctuary offers a customized protocol with the amenities of a 5-star resort. We seek to stop addiction without prescription medication or the use of 12-step programs. Nor do we classify patients as victims of an incurable disease. Our therapies focus on healing the brain, so a patient can heal their life. For more information about our innovative techniques, founding principles and testimonials from former patients, please visit http://www.theholisticsanctuary.com.

1. irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/long-term-methadone-use-is-form-of-state-sponsored-social-control-1.1567566 (10/21/13)

2. irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/long-term-methadone-use-is-form-of-state-sponsored-social-control-1.1567566 (10/21/13)

3. cdc.gov/features/vitalsigns/methadoneoverdoses/ (7/5/12)

4. cdc.gov/features/vitalsigns/methadoneoverdoses/ (7/5/12)

5. cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6126a5.htm?s_cid=mm6126a5_w (7/6/12)

6. fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm142841.htm

7. fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/ucm337852.htm

8. fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM334743.pdf

9. ph.ucla.edu/epi/faculty/detels/Epi293/Gossop_DrugAlcDepend_2001.pdf (9/22/00)

10. newrepublic.com/article/112255/why-rehab-fails (1/29/13)







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Karen Salkin and Choices Recovery Talk About Avoiding Substance Abuse in the Hollywood Scene


(PRWEB) April 09, 2015

On February 21st, 2015, in the Stardust Penthouse on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Choices Recovery sponsored the EcoLuxe Lounge and the “Salute to the Oscars”. These events were organized by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the leading producer of sustainable product placement in TV and film. The EcoLuxe Lounge is a gathering of many of the world’s top providers of socially conscious and ecologically sound products and services, and Choices Recovery, a leading provider of holistic treatment of addiction, fit in well with the other product developers and service providers featured there.

“We were thrilled to be a part of the EcoLuxe Lounge and the ‘Salute to the Oscars’ party,” said Choices Recovery founder and CEO Per Wickstrom. “It was a ton of fun, and we were honored to have a chance to get new ideas and fresh perspectives on the problems of addiction that we face today. We were grateful to have the opportunity to share more about what we strive for at Choices Recovery, which is offering holistic options for the treatment of addiction.”

About Karen Salkin

Per Wickstrom had the opportunity to speak with many of the contributors to the entertainment industry that were there to enjoy the impressive settings overlooking the awe-inspiring Los Angeles skyline and to learn more about the natural, holistic and eco-friendly goods and services showcased at the EcoLuxe Lounge. One of those Hollywood notables was Karen Salkin from the popular E-Zine “ItsNotAboutMe.TV”. With a career history that includes several acting roles, freelance journalism, talk radio personality, restaurant critic and much more, she shared her candid view on substance abuse with Per and AMP Radio’s Chris Booker in an interview on the stage set by Choices Recovery and Durkin Entertainment, of which a video was recently released. “I was a club promoter a few years ago, great DJs, great people,” she says, “but the end of the night was so disgusting to me, because everyone was drunk. I’m telling you, it’s just no good.”

Other notable attendees at the EcoLuxe Lounge included Elise Robertson (Oscar Nominee American Sniper Best Picture), Jason Canovas (Oscar Nominee The Hobbit: Sound Editing), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar Nominee Guardians of the Galaxy: Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling), Lisa Bruce (Oscar Nominee The Theory of Everything: Best Picture), Ben Wilkins (Oscar Winner Whiplash: Best Sound Mixing), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Claudia Wells (Back To The Future), Jason Davis (Celebrity Rehab), Frank Stallone (Rocky), Chase Masterson (General Hospital, ER) and many, many others.

See the full interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovg080O7LXQ







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Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

An “abuse-proof” formulation of OxyContin may have helped reduce the number of patients abusing the drug, but Dr. Michael Lowenstein, medical director for WAISMANN METHOD® opiate detoxification and treatment, is voicing alarm at recent data showing it may have consequentially resulted in a sharp increase in heroin and other opioid drug use.

“After the new abuse-resistant OxyContin was released, I expressed concerns that it could encourage patients to migrate to other, sometimes more dangerous opioid drugs,” said Dr. Lowenstein. “Two years later this fear has become a reality, as the New England Journal of Medicine reported a huge increase in high-potency prescription opioids while heroin use nearly doubled. Patient education is more important now than ever before, so we can work to actually help alleviate people of their addictions to opioids rather than replace one narcotic for another.”

The NEJM study scrutinized data from 2,566 patients with opioid dependence, and found that abuse of OxyContin as the primary drug decreased from 35.6 percent to 12.8 percent from July 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012. During the same time period, respondent figures showed a rise in use of opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, and powerful opioids, like fentanyl and hydromorphone, which rose from 20.1 percent to 32.3 percent. Data collected from WAISMANN METHOD® patients between January and December 2011 also showed similar trends. During this time, there was an 80 percent decrease in the number of patients treated for OxyContin dependency compared to those in 2010. At the same time, oxycodone patients treated at the facility went up by 35 percent.

According to the NEJM study, heroin was the most common opioid being used among the 66 percent who indicated they had switched after the abuse-resistant OxyContin was released. Qualitative responses from the study indicated many patients who switched to heroin did so because it was easier to obtain and more economical than prescription drugs. One participant said, “Most people that I know don’t use OxyContin to get high anymore. They have moved on to heroin [because] it is easier to use, much cheaper and easily available.”

“We want patients struggling with opioid addiction to know that there are true solutions, and that they don’t have to continue to put their lives in danger by using prescription painkillers or switching to illicit street drugs like heroin,” continued Dr. Lowenstein. “Abuse-resistant drugs are not the answer, and we in the medical community have a responsibility to do more for our patients so they can eventually live drug-free lives.”

For more information about WAISMANN METHOD® treatment and detoxification please visit opiates.com. For interviews contact Nicolette Surh at 877-975-3423 or send an email to Nicolette(at)rkpr(dot)net.

About WAISMANN METHOD® Treatment

WAISMANN METHOD® opiate treatment and detox is a safe and proven protocol for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical and psychological techniques available. Together Michael H. Lowenstein M.D., Clifford Bernstein M.D. and Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) created a treatment protocol based on a foundation of safety, success and respect. Our detoxification and aftercare programs are customized to each patient’s individual needs and dependency history, combining the most advanced medical treatment with personalized assessment and aftercare. From rapid opiate detoxification under sedation, to medically assisted detoxification and managed care at Domus Retreat, our doctors, therapists and staff work with patients to create personalized treatment and aftercare plans that ensure a healthy and effective transition to life without opiates. WAISMANN METHOD® patients achieve an extraordinarily high success rate because the treatment doesn’t take a cookie cutter approach to addressing opiate dependency. We always put treatment and care over blame and punishment. For more information, please visit opiates.com.

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US Congressman Guthrie Visits KORT Bardstown Physical Therapy to Learn About PT Care for Seniors


(PRWEB) March 24, 2015

U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Second congressional district Brett Guthrie visited KORT’s Bardstown clinic on March 10 to see the important role therapy plays for seniors trying to return to functional, independent living.

Guthrie is co-sponsor of House Bill HR 775/S 539, The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, a bipartisan bill which would permanently repeal the arbitrary outpatient rehabilitation therapy cap currently in place.

According to Robbie Hinkebein, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC with KORT, current legislation discriminates against the most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries and disregards the clinical appropriateness of care. The cap reduces Medicare beneficiaries’ access to timely rehabilitation and causes negative outcomes such as delayed care, reduced independence, increased pain, and an increased cost to Medicare, he said.

“Our KORT Bardstown team, as well as our community, was ecstatic to host Representative Guthrie and thank him for his support. It was very impactful to have our patients discuss the power physical therapy has had in their lives with Mr. Guthrie,” said Hinkebein.

Guthrie Learns About Care from Seniors

Numerous KORT patients turned out to meet with Representative Guthrie and give a first-hand account of their care and how much they have relied on physical therapy to maintain their active and independent lifestyles.

“To be able to take steps without the fear of falling is an incredible improvement,” said KORT Bardstown patient Barbara Thompson. “Since I started Physical Therapy at KORT, I have not had to use my walker at all. However, I’m afraid my time at KORT will be cut short due to the therapy cap. I appreciate Representative Guthrie’s support of people like me.”

Dudley Mattingly of Bardstown said he relied on physical therapy after numerous surgeries as a result of a car accident. He says he would not have been able to return to independent living without it.

Beverly Armstrong, whose husband is a KORT patient said, “Whenever we have a lapse in coverage for therapy, I notice that my husband’s progress is severely hindered and he relies on me to do more for him.”

Patients encouraged Guthrie to continue his fight to repeal the cap and thanked him for his ongoing efforts.

“The current cap on care is simply bad policy that in many cases increases overall healthcare costs while impeding needed patient access. Clinical evidence and research shows that physical therapy as a first course of treatment for multiple conditions provides the best patient outcome and greatest cost savings. A hard therapy cap forces patients into higher-cost interventions such as medications or surgeries to treat a problem better served through physical therapy,” said Hinkebein.

Contact Your Representative

“Medicare patients, families and caregivers are urged to contact their United States Congressmen and Senators and let them know how important physical therapy benefits are to them. Encourage them to sponsor and support legislation that would repeal a bad policy that could cause delayed care, having to choose between necessary services, and a reduction in an individual’s independence in his or her home,” said Hinkebein.

About the Therapy Caps

The therapy caps were created in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act to cut costs necessary to balance the federal budget. Congress has seen the error in this flawed legislation and the potential harm to Medicare beneficiaries and has acted by passing several moratoriums on its enforcement of the caps. In 2006, Congress allowed the therapy caps to go into effect but authorized Medicare to allow exceptions for beneficiaries needing additional rehabilitation services based on diagnosis, clinician evaluation, and judgment. Congress has acted annually to extend these exceptions for beneficiaries, but the exceptions are only authorized through March 31, 2015. Completing House Bill HR 775/S 539 before the March 31 deadline provides an opportunity to end the pattern of yearly extensions that puts access to medically necessary therapy for Medicare beneficiaries at risk.

Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT) has been specializing in outpatient physical and occupational therapy in Kentucky and Southern Indiana for over 25 years. Local ownership and independent operations, allow KORT clinicians to work one-on-one with patients to regain strength, increase flexibility, improve mobility, and reduce pain without drugs or surgery. Selected as a “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” for 11 consecutive years, and with over 40 locations, KORT has the most board certified Orthopedic Specialists and Vestibular Rehabilitation specialists than any other provider in the region. KORT’s certified athletic trainers provide sports medicine services to more than 30 high schools and colleges in Kentucky & Southern Indiana.

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Growing Concern About Anticonvulsant Birth Defects Prompts Wall Street Journal Report and Expanded Birth Defects Resources by Consumer Justice Foundation Website


(Vocus/PRWEB) April 13, 2011

The state of prescription drug approval and due process in the United States is the subject of a March 2011 article by the Wall Street Journal entitled “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”. The article examines concern over recent changes in FDA classifications for common anticonvulsant drugs, as well for warnings regarding multiple antipsychotic drugs such as Haldol and Abilify (Source: “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

Conclusive evidence that drugs can cross the placenta during pregnancy and potentially harm the unborn fetus has been available since the 1960’s. The first notable case of defective drug litigation involving birth defects occurred after more than 10,000 babies were born with missing or shrunken limbs after their mothers took thalidomide during pregnancy. At the time, thalidomide was a widely prescribed morning-sickness drug and sleep aid (Source: “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

However, despite this information, little has changed over the past five decades in regards to determining drug risk for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and their children. The problem surrounds ethical issues with testing on these sensitive populations. As a result, little or no testing is completed prior to prescription drug release into the population at large, leaving physicians and patients in the dark in regards to possible birth defect risk. Until patterns of birth defects are reported in large numbers, physicians continue to prescribe these drugs to their pregnant patients with little knowledge of the potential harm they may cause (Source: “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby?”, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

The Wall Street Journal article was produced following a March 2011 FDA MedAlert Safety Update regarding the re-classification of the anticonvulsant and migraine medication Topamax (“Topamax (topiramate): Label Change – Risk For Development of Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate in Newborns”, March 4, 2011, FDA.gov). In February 2011, there was another alert issued by the FDA regarding the potential for certain antipsychotic drugs including Haldol, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Abilify, to cause significant withdrawal symptoms in babies after birth. (“Antipsychotic Drugs Used During Pregnancy Could Harm Newborn”, February 2011, FDA.gov).

Classification by the FDA as a pregnancy category D drug means that “there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans” (Source: “Chart of FDA Pregnancy Categories”, FDA.gov). The FDA strongly advises against using class D drugs during pregnancy unless the potential harm to the mother outweighs the risk to the fetus. Many popular anticonvulsant drugs fall into the class D classification, including Dilantin, Topamax and Depakote.

As more studies examine the potential fetal harm of anticonvulsant drugs, families begin to seek information on potential birth defects related to these medications. These serious potential defects include oral-facial malformations such as cleft palate and cleft lip, hypoplasia of the fingers or mid-face and neural tube defects such as spina bifida (Source: “The Teratogenicity of Anticonvulsant Drugs”, Lewis B. Holmes, M.D., N Engl J Med 2001; 344:1132-1138, April 12, 2001).

In response, The Consumer Justice Foundation has just added a new Dilantin resource section to the existing birth defect website http://www.RxBirthDefects.com. The Dilantin information on RXBirthDefects.com covers potential Dilantin birth defects that may be associated with taking the drug during pregnancy. The active ingredient in Dilantin is the agent phenytoin which is a known teratogen. Specifically, Dilantin has allegedly been connected to a syndrome resembling Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, called Fetal Hydantoin Syndrome. Fetal Hydantoin Syndrome is characterized by prenatal growth deficiency and mental deficiency (Source: “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis”, 2004, CDC.gov)

RXBirthDefects.com is part of the family of resource websites created by the Consumer Justice Foundation, an online consumer watchdog agency. Families seeking legal recourse for birth injuries related to Dilantin taken during pregnancy can find more information about how to file a Dilantin lawsuit and updated news on the status of ongoing Dilantin drug litigation in the United States. Families can connect immediately with reputable Dilantin attorneys and legal representation via the free case evaluation form available online at RXBirthDefects.com.

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Teen Writing Contest About Mental Health Issues Gets Support From Published Authors Donating Autographed Books Reports StageofLife.com


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Online writing community, StageofLife.com, announced today that eleven, internationally published authors will be donating an autographed copy of their book as part of the winning prize packages for the teen finalists of the website’s “March Madness” writing contest dealing with mental health issues.

As an educational resource, StageofLife.com’s mission is to change the world through storytelling, and its award-winning, blogging platform welcomes close to a million teens, college students, teachers, and parents each year who come to the site to read and share their personal, real-life stories.

The site often collaborates with authors based on the topics of its writing prompts.

“We are overwhelmed at the support by the professional writing community as they donate autographed copies of their books for this month’s writing contest on mental illness and health,” said Rebecca Thiegs, VP of Education StageofLife.com.

Participating authors who are donating a signed copy of their book on mental health as a prize to the winning “March Madness” contest finalists include:

–Susannah Cahalan – “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” (Simon & Schuster)

–Marya Hornbacher – “Madness: A Bipolar Life” (Mariner Books)

–Randye Kaye – “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope” (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers)

–Melody Moezzi – “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life” (Avery Trade)

–Stacy Pershall – “Loud in the House of Myself” (W.W. Norton & Company)

–Elyn Saks – “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness” (Hyperion)

–Lizabeth D. Schuch – “More Than Bipolar: A Memoir of Acceptance and Hope” (iUniverse)

–Karen Winters Schwartz – “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? A Family’s Journey through Bipolar Disorder” and “Reis’s Pieces – Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia” (Goodman Beck Publishing)

–Andrew Solomon – “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” (Scribner)

–Pamela Spiro Wagner – “Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia” (St. Martin’s Griffin)

–Fletcher Wortmann – “Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” (Thomas Dunne Books)

When asked about her participation with Stage of Life writing contest, author Stacy Pershall said, “Every time you come out to one person as having a mental health disorder, you change the world. Eliminating stigma happens one person at a time. Just giving someone the vocabulary to address what’s happening to them — for example anorexia, bulimia, self-harm — is a powerful thing…Before I got the right treatment, I was certain I’d die by suicide; it was just a matter of time. Now it’s not all about me. I have to stay alive so I can keep other people alive. Killing myself has ceased to be an option.”

Thiegs added that “People don’t talk about mental health issues or mental illness because of the shame and brokenness surrounding the topic, so this month, while much of the world watches the March Madness college basketball tournament, we want to encourage people to think, write and share a story surrounding the topic of mental health and mental illness.”

Alongside its “March Madness” writing contest, StageofLife.com features educational videos, recommended TED talks, resource reading on mental illness, and a Twitter contest awareness component.

Melody Moezzi, author of “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life,” told StageofLife.com that, “Sharing our stories as people living with mental illness is by far the most powerful way to fight stigma and discrimination. It’s our best weapon against the insidious culture of shame and silence that surrounds mental illness today.”

The StageofLife.com essay contest is open to anyone aged 13 years and older. Stories must be original, non-fiction, and 500 words or less. There is no entry fee and submissions are due March 31, 2014 by midnight Pacific Time US.

In addition to receiving a signed book, the 1st Place student writer will also receive gift cards from literacy sponsors IHOP and Papa John’s while the 1st Place adult writer will receive gift cards from Applebee’s and SpaWeek.

Finalists and Winners will be posted on the essay winner’s page and Teen Trend Report after April 20th, 2014.

To get details and submit a story to the March Madness writing contest, visit http://www.StageofLife.com.