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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.