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CDC Takes on Prescription Drug Overdose with New Social Media Campaign #RxProblem


Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) April 15, 2015

Waismann Method® Drug Treatment Center Medical Director congratulates the CDC on new social media initiative to combat prescription drug overdose. Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D., a world-renowned expert on opiate dependence and rapid detoxification, believes that the initiative represents a positive force in combating opiate-related overdose, death, and disability.

The Waismann Method® Medical Group lauds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its new social media initiative to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse in the United States. As international leaders in opiate addiction, detox, and treatment for nearly two decades, Waismann Method® experts are optimistic that the social media campaign will successfully reduce stigma associated with opiate addiction, encourage affected individuals to seek treatment and reduce the epidemic levels of prescription drug abuse, overdose and deaths among across society, including but not limited to: youth, college students and elderly.

Announced at the fourth annual National RX Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, the CDC campaign will run through May 15. Entitled “When the Prescription Becomes the Problem,” the social media initiative urges people to write a six-word story or message, create an original video, or post a picture about their experiences with prescription drug abuse. Messages will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #RxProblem. In solidarity with the CDC initiative, the Waismann Method® Medical Group is calling on physicians, mental health professionals, and all those impacted by prescription drug abuse to use the #RxProblem hashtag to share their stories on social media.

“One of the largest barriers to treatment is the misunderstanding and stigma attached to opiate dependence,” said Dr. Michael Lowenstein, Medical Director of the Waismann Method®. “With more than 16,000 people dying from prescription drug overdose in 2013, the CDC social media initiative is an important move in bringing these issues into the public eye. We need to engage individuals, their families, and the entire community to combat opiate dependence and encourage those struggling with prescription drug abuse to seek treatment. This social media campaign is particularly important for reaching our nation’s young people, who are disproportionately affected by drug addiction.”

The Waismann Method Medical® Group pledges to continue combating opiate dependence and encourages the CDC to keep creating innovative solutions to the substance abuse problems facing the nation.

For more information about the Waismann Method®, please visit http://www.opiates.com. For interviews with Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein, please contact Clare Waismann at 310-205-0808 or send an email to info(at)opiates(dot)com.

About Waismann Method Treatment

Since its inception in the late 1990s, the Waismann Method® treatment center has been internationally recognized as a premier facility for opiate treatment. In particular, the facility specializes in rapid opiate detoxification and utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to treat opiate dependence. Located in Southern California, the Waismann Method® treatment center provides comprehensive care for opiate dependence. From anesthesia assisted rapid detoxification to modified medical opiate detoxification, the Waismann Method® medical director ensures that each patient receives individualized care tailored to his or her unique needs. All detoxification treatment is performed in a fully accredited hospital, with aftercare provided in our exclusive Domus Retreat Recovery Center.

Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D., has served as Medical Director for Waismann Method® for nearly 20 years. He is acclaimed as an international authority on opiate addiction and rapid detoxification treatment methods. Dr. Lowenstein holds four board certifications, including board-certification in Addiction Medicine, Pain Management, and Anesthesiology. He has over two decades of experience as a pain specialist and expert in opiate dependence. Most recently, Dr. Lowenstein completed a fellowship and board certification in Anti-Aging, Restorative, and Regenerative Medicine to enhance his understanding of the effects of opioid use on the brain and other body systems. This expertise has been fully integrated into Waismann Method® clinical practice, uses the most advanced methods available to ensure quality of patient experience and outcomes.

Waismann Method® rapid opiate detox is provided in an accredited hospital with specialized services for patients with varying medical and dependency needs. Physicians, therapists, and staff work collaboratively with patients to create a personalized treatment and aftercare plan designed to ensure a healthy and effective transition to a life without opiates. Waismann Method® patients achieve an extraordinarily high success rate, and thousands of patients have been effectively treated using our methods. The professionals at the Waismann Method® treatment center place the utmost importance on compassionate, responsible, patient care.

Find out more about the Waismann Method® at http://www.opiates.com.







Narcan Revives Victims of Potentially Fatal Overdose, but Cannot Curb Addictive Behaviors; Harbor Village Detox Introduces Incentive Program for Substance Use Disorders

USA (PRWEB) April 13, 2015

The addiction treatment industry is holding Naloxone and Narcan in high regard, based upon its recent performance to resuscitate victims of opiate overdoses. Narcan is a drug which temporarily reverses the deadly effect of fatal overdoses. Addiction professionals are hopeful Narcan will give drug addicts a new perspective on life after revival- but most addiction specialists assert Narcan alone will be unable to reverse the physical and mental effects of addiction. “Narcan is a sign addiction treatment is necessary, but it is not addiction treatment itself,” states a medical associate of Harbor Village Detox. Harbor Village Detox, an inpatient medical detox center, is introducing incentive based programs for victims of drug overdoses.

Cohasset reported on April 2nd victims resuscitated by Narcan are largely unchanged once they’ve been revived. Further commenting on the crutch of Narcan, Cohasset states, “Fighting addiction with [Narcan] isn’t an answer to the problem, medical professionals agree. It’s a Band Aid.”

Harbor Village Detox, a national inpatient medical detox center, asserts victims of substance use disorders are capable of fully recovering from addiction with highly specialized treatment. The instrumental directors pioneering the Southern Florida addiction treatment industry, are introducing life incentive programs for recovering victims of drug overdoses. The facility asserts it is not enough to be saved from a fatal overdose, nor undergo the entirety of drug and alcohol treatment without a clear bearing of life after addiction- or Narcan. A medical associate states, “Narcan is saving lives- and that’s what we’re supposed to do- but this drug is not the end-all solution to addiction treatment. Although we can save lives from overdose, victims with untreated substance use disorders must go to addiction treatment if they want the disease of addiction to be redressed. In terms of treating addiction, Narcan does nothing but give victims another shot at life- and hopefully a wake-up call.”

The drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility encourages victims of overdose to enroll in their specialized inpatient medical detox program to safeguard their lives after treatment. The facility provides expert life coaching services in their incentive program, helping recovering patients to construct goals for the future to solidify their treatment therapy. Incentives include job placement, housing programs in sober living communities, educational scholarships, career training programs, and life coaching.

Harbor Village Detox is dedicated to providing the pinnacle of drug and alcohol treatment services on a national level. What started as a local detox facility has expanded to encompass the full spectrum of addiction treatment nationwide. Patients are guaranteed 24/7 continual medical and psychiatric health care in a close knit family environment. Recovering victims benefit from group and intensive therapy- which is not typically offered from other detox facilities.

For more information about the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor VIllage Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.







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Painkiller Overdose Lawyers Website Launched by Heygood, Orr & Pearson


Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson is announcing the launch of its latest website, Painkiller Overdose Lawyers (http://www.painkilleroverdoselawyer.com/). The new site will serve as a resource with the latest news and legal information for patients who have been injured after using a prescription opioid painkiller.

Opioid painkillers are prescribed by a physician or pain management specialist to treat patients with chronic or acute pain. Some of the most commonly prescribed prescription painkillers include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), the fentanyl pain patch (Duragesic), morphine (MS Contin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and methadone.

When patients are not properly informed about how to take opioid painkillers or are prescribed too much of these drugs, serious and potentially fatal side effects may result, including respiratory depression. If left untreated, patients who develop respiratory depression as a result of a painkiller overdose may die from a lack of oxygen due to shallow breathing caused by the medication.

Thousands of patients die each year as a result of a prescription painkiller overdose according to a July 2012 warning by the Food and Drug Administration. When these deaths are the result of patients who were given excessive doses of pain medications, improperly warned about the side effects of the drug, or prescribed more potent drugs than were necessary, the doctors or hospital that prescribed these medications may be at fault.

If you or a loved one were injured after being prescribed opioid painkillers, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the physician who prescribed these medications. According to an October 2011 article by the Associated Press, numerous opioid painkiller lawsuits have been filed against the companies who manufacture these drugs, including the makers of OxyContin, propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), and the Duragesic pain patch.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is the nationwide leader in trying lawsuits involving deaths or serious injuries caused by narcotic painkillers. Our clients have been awarded tens of millions of dollars in verdicts against the drug companies who manufacture opioids and the negligent physicians who prescribe them. Our lawyers have spoken with dozens of experts and reviewed millions of pages of legal and medical documents in our pursuit of justice for our clients, giving our law firm an unparalleled expertise in this area of law.

For a free legal consultation to find out if you are eligible to file a lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001, or emailing our firm at info(at)hop-law(dot)com.

About Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Heygood, Orr & Pearson (http://www.hop-law.com) is an experienced and skilled law firm representing clients nationwide who have been injured by dangerous drugs or medical devices, or who have been the victim of personal injury or other wrongdoing. Our firm represents clients in cases involving the fentanyl patch and other opioid painkillers, as well as lawsuits involving table saw injuries, qui tam litigation, SSRI antidepressants, Actos bladder cancer, Life Partners insurance settlements, transvaginal surgical mesh, class action lawsuits, and other areas of law.







Flakka Use Spikes in South Florida with 670 Cases in 2014 Alone; Harbor Village Detox Implores Users of Flakka to Get Addiction Treatment to Avoid Overdose

USA (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

A new designer drug is plaguing South Florida’s streets with alarming increase. According to The Sun Sentinel on April 5th, there have been 670 confirmed cases of flakka use in the year of 2014. The drug induces users into dangerous delusions, grants superhuman strength, and has been attributed to evoking violent outbursts. Flakka is a derivative of bath salts. South Florida law enforcement officers are taking the prevalence of flakka use so seriously they have assembled a special task force of officers who are trained to spot the signs of flakka use and detection. Flakka can be bought on the streets for $ 5, which makes the drug exceedingly accessible, and potentially deadly for many. Those who have used flakka describe it as “$ 5 insanity, this is as bad as it gets” according to The Sun Sentinel.

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center located in South Florida, specializing in drug and alcohol detoxification. The directors of the treatment center believe every victim of a substance use disorder should receive the best drug detoxification treatment available, despite their social standing or financial stability. In light of the recent flakka outbreak, Harbor Village Detox is extending its inpatient medical detox and life coaching services to victims addicted to the new dangerous designer drug, offering special enrollment incentives to entice victims of drug use to come forward and get the addiction treatment they need.

Since flakka is associated with delusions, victims suffering from using flakka will benefit from Harbor Village Detox’s 24/7 medical and psychiatric monitoring and treatment. The associates of Harbor Village encourage flakka users to seek refuge at their drug and alcohol treatment facility, before the illicit substance leads them to committing crimes spurned by delusions.

Harbor Village Detox provides patients with fully customizable drug detox treatment plans, and offers patients the security of a 24 hour medically monitored facility. Patients receive intensive therapy, pharmacological therapy, and may participate in group therapy. Harbor Village Detox provides victims of substance use disorders with gourmet meals, full spa and salon services, life coaching, meditation and yoga sessions.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor VIllage Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.







The Jennifer Act Bill in Florida Will Help Save Addicts from Fatal Overdose, and Allow the State to Collect Data on Long Term Drug Treatment

USA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

In response to the overdose death of her 29 year old daughter, grieving mother Sharon Blair has dedicated the last six years of her life to pass the Jennifer Act in Florida. The bill proposes to give family members the ability to impose state sanctified interventions for persons who are unable to take necessary action to protect their own self interests (compromised by addiction). TBN Weekly reports (March 18th) the Jennifer Act is presently Senate Bill 1340 and House Bill 1017. The act would allow addicts to remain in intensive care for a minimum of 14 days (completing a full detox cycle) as opposed to Florida’s insufficient Marchaman Act, which addresses addiction by observing drug addicts for three days (most do not complete a full detox cycle). Harbor Village Detox is a specialized inpatient medical detox center in South Florida, and supports the Jennifer Act’s attempt to lessen rates of drug overdose and provide immediate assistance to those in desperate need of addiction treatment.

A Harbor Village Detox associate supports the bill’s passing and comments, “[The Jennifer Act] proposal is something the state of Florida has needed for a long time. There’s no way for parents to get help for their children who refuse to get treatment themselves. This bill is an important step in preventing overdose deaths in families, where addiction is known. Blair’s case is particularly tragic, wherein she could not force a court to grant Jennifer into rehab. There’s no reason why any mother, father, sibling, or loved one should have to watch their loved one deteriorate from an untreated disease- because that’s exactly what addiction is. It’s like letting someone bleed out on the street. The Jennifer Act will help us stop the egregious rate of preventable deaths.”

The inpatient medical detox center, Harbor Village Detox, is dedicated to providing the apex in effective addiction treatment. The facility offers patients a spa-like environment to go through the typically painful withdrawal process; their instrumental, JACHO accredited, medical staff remains with patients 24/7 to ensure patients benefit from continual medical and emotional support. Unlike most detox treatment center, Harbor Village Detox offers group and intensive therapy to begin unraveling the chords of addiction.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor VIllage Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.







West Virginia Takes the Initiative to Combat Opiate Overdose and Approves Naloxone for First Responders and Family Members

USA (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

West Virginia has approved the use of naloxone by first responders and family members of a high risk victim of a drug overdose, according to a recent article published by Metro News on March 9th. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has signed the bill into law, and will be in effect on May 27th of 2015. Naloxone clears the airways of a victim who has fallen prey to a drug overdose (which can be fatal, cause massive brain damage, and the loss of motor skills). Naloxone is a stigmatized antidote to the national problem of drug overdoses. Providing naloxone (also known as narcan) to first responders and family members is predicted to save lives. During a drug overdose drug addicts and substance abusers are unable to breathe. Fatalities are common among overdose victims. Harbor Village Detox is a national inpatient medical detox facility located in south Florida. The drug and alcohol addiction treatment center prides itself in providing the pinnacle of drug and alcohol detoxification to patients from every socioeconomic walk of life, The inpatient medical detox facility eagerly anticipates the distribution of naloxone on a national basis for first responders, family members of addicts, and the general public.

Naloxone is fast acting and can be injected or administered as a nasal spray. Naloxone will not harm a victim mistakenly given administered the medication who is not suffering from a drug overdose; however, in the event of an overdose, Naloxone will clear the airways of compromised victims and allow them to breathe. This medication has been proven to prevent accidental overdose deaths. An associate from Harbor Village Detox commented, “Naloxone will be a key component in subsiding the number of deaths we suffer, as a nation, from fatal drug overdoses. Every state should follow suit with West Virginia, as a means to become instrumental in the protection and continued health of people suffering from substance use disorders. Naloxone will enable [addiction] treatment specialists to rehabilitate victims who would have otherwise perished as a result from their addictions. It’s essential that family members are trained in its use. Even everyday people can easily save someone’s life with naloxone. It takes the entire community’s participation to redress drug use and addiction among the population.”

The inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor Village Detox employs classically trained addiction professionals to artfully treat drug and alcohol addiction. Patients who undergo the typically painful withdrawal process are rejuvenated with effective and affordable drug and alcohol detox. Unlike most detoxification treatment centers, Harbor Village Detox offers patients initial one-on-one therapy to address the underlying causes of drug and alcohol addiction to stave off future relapses.

For more information on inpatient medical detox treatment visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.







New Hampshire Passes Bill Granting Immunity from Prosecution to Victims of Drug Overdose

USA (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

In the wake of increasing drug addiction and fatal overdoses around the country states are beginning to arm themselves with means to protect the populace from becoming exposed to drug addiction – and are striving to rehabilitate the victims suffering from the physical and psychological disease. Last Wednesday the House of New Hampshire approved bill 270 which grants “limited immunity from arrest and prosecution to someone who seeks medical assistance for an overdose victim,” according to the Union Leader on March, 7th.

Essentially, the bill protects citizens from helping victims of a fatal overdose if evidence of drug use or possession is elucidated as a result of seeking medical treatment for themselves or a victim of an overdose. In order to be granted immunity, the one helping a victim of overdose must remain at the scene until medical assistance or law enforcement officers arrive at the scene. The bill was constructed to help curb rates of overdose fatalities and encourage victims with a substance use disorder to seek help, and get immediate medical attention in the event of an overdose.

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center committed to helping the nation’s victims of substance use disorders. The addiction treatment facility is eager to see imminent change across the nation regarding the treatment of drug addicts and substance abusers.

An associate of Harbor Village Detox comments, “Although the bill does not grant immunity for the presence of alcohol consumption for persons under the age of 21, this serves as an important step towards decriminalizing the disease of addiction. The more awareness we’re able to spread around our communities, the better our resources will be able to provide, and reach, those suffering from drug addiction. There is no reason that anyone should ever die from an overdose when there is immediate treatment available, like narcan. The fact that New Hampshire is providing immunity from charges to those who actually seek help says a lot about their progressive legislation. I hope the rest of the nation will wake up to realize addiction should not be an arrestable offense, but treated as a medical condition that ruins the lives of the victim, those around them, and their surrounding communities.”

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center that is dedicated to providing the apex of addiction treatment to their immediate community of South Florida and beyond. Their classically trained addiction specialists help drug addicts and alcoholics isolate the causes of their addiction, and help them develop effective coaching strategies to combat future abuse and relapses. During drug and alcohol rehabilitation Harbor Village Detox offers patients extensive life coaching so that they have a plan after treatment, and avoid old environments of abuse that may precipitate addiction.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor Village Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.







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Painkiller Overdose Lawyers Website Launched by Heygood, Orr & Pearson


Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson is announcing the launch of its latest website, Painkiller Overdose Lawyers (http://www.painkilleroverdoselawyer.com/). The new site will serve as a resource with the latest news and legal information for patients who have been injured after using a prescription opioid painkiller.

Opioid painkillers are prescribed by a physician or pain management specialist to treat patients with chronic or acute pain. Some of the most commonly prescribed prescription painkillers include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), the fentanyl pain patch (Duragesic), morphine (MS Contin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and methadone.

When patients are not properly informed about how to take opioid painkillers or are prescribed too much of these drugs, serious and potentially fatal side effects may result, including respiratory depression. If left untreated, patients who develop respiratory depression as a result of a painkiller overdose may die from a lack of oxygen due to shallow breathing caused by the medication.

Thousands of patients die each year as a result of a prescription painkiller overdose according to a July 2012 warning by the Food and Drug Administration. When these deaths are the result of patients who were given excessive doses of pain medications, improperly warned about the side effects of the drug, or prescribed more potent drugs than were necessary, the doctors or hospital that prescribed these medications may be at fault.

If you or a loved one were injured after being prescribed opioid painkillers, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the physician who prescribed these medications. According to an October 2011 article by the Associated Press, numerous opioid painkiller lawsuits have been filed against the companies who manufacture these drugs, including the makers of OxyContin, propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), and the Duragesic pain patch.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is the nationwide leader in trying lawsuits involving deaths or serious injuries caused by narcotic painkillers. Our clients have been awarded tens of millions of dollars in verdicts against the drug companies who manufacture opioids and the negligent physicians who prescribe them. Our lawyers have spoken with dozens of experts and reviewed millions of pages of legal and medical documents in our pursuit of justice for our clients, giving our law firm an unparalleled expertise in this area of law.

For a free legal consultation to find out if you are eligible to file a lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001, or emailing our firm at info(at)hop-law(dot)com.

About Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Heygood, Orr & Pearson (http://www.hop-law.com) is an experienced and skilled law firm representing clients nationwide who have been injured by dangerous drugs or medical devices, or who have been the victim of personal injury or other wrongdoing. Our firm represents clients in cases involving the fentanyl patch and other opioid painkillers, as well as lawsuits involving table saw injuries, qui tam litigation, SSRI antidepressants, Actos bladder cancer, Life Partners insurance settlements, transvaginal surgical mesh, class action lawsuits, and other areas of law.