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Recent Reports State That 19 Million Americans Abuse Prescription Drugs; FDA and Novus Medical Detox Agree That Education is Needed


New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 46 Americans die every day from prescription drug overdose, which adds up to about 17,000 deaths annually. The reports also state that poisonings by drug overdose have tripled over the past 30 years. (1) Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, states that the reason behind the high number of fatalities lies in inadequate drug education.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carries this same belief, and has responded by implementing a new drug education program. The program seeks to educate doctors who prescribe these highly-addictive painkillers, as well as the patients who are taking them. The program’s mission is “to teach doctors about proper opiate prescribing for pain patients to minimize the risks of diversion and addiction.” (4)

The United Nation’s World Drug Report 2014 stated that in 2012, 6.1% (19 million) of Americans abused prescription opioids, including morphine, codeine, OxyContin and Vicodin. This figure categorizes the United States as a country that abuses prescription drugs more than any other country in the world. (2) In an effort to lower the number of people harmed by these drugs, Novus warns Americans to exercise caution when receiving a new prescription from a physician, and to ask questions related to its side effects.

“Intentionally or not, Americans may be underestimating the highly addictive nature of drugs such as opioids,” stated Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “It may start as nothing more than filling a prescription for legitimate pain, but overdose may result when a patient seeks to elicit a stronger high from these drugs.”

Novus recommends that the following steps be taken when being prescribed a new medication (3):

●    Be sure that the prescription comes from a trusted physician;

●    Only use the medication as prescribed;

●    Ask the physician about the medicine and its effects;

●    Conduct your own research about the drug’s effects; and

●    Be prepared—ask your doctor what to do if one becomes addicted.

All of these tips are important to heed before a patient starts to take a medication, because addiction may begin with the patient being unaware of a medication’s initial effects. This patient may begin to take pills more liberally than prescribed, and the dangers of addiction do not lie far behind.

Runyon maintains that comprehensive drug education, starting in grade school and continuing throughout adult life to physician visits, can help to significantly reduce the number of Americans addicted to such drugs.

While new preventative measures are being taken, Novus recommends looking out for the following symptoms or behaviors (but not limited to), if someone suspects that a loved one is abusing pain reliever prescription drugs (5):

●    Nausea, drowsiness;

●    Mood swings and anxiety;

●    Slowed reactions, movement and breathing;

●    Jittery or secretive; and/or

●    Neglect of work/school responsibilities.

Runyon advises those who are dependent upon any abusive substance(s) to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs, and to use those with integrated medicine that allows the detox process to be as comfortable as possible.

For more information on Novus Medical Detox’s addiction and detox programs, visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit http://www.novusdetox.com.

1.Hutchins, Sarah. “Drug Overdose: Prescription Painkillers Poison 46 Americans Every Day.” Liberty Voice, 20 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. guardianlv.com/2014/07/drug-overdose-prescription-painkillers-poison-46-americans-every-day/.

2.Blake, Matthew. “Extent of US Dependency on Prescription Drugs Revealed: UN Report Shows 6% of American Adults Hooked on Pills.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 July 2014. Web. 21 July 2014. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2683318/Extent-US-dependency-prescription-drugs-revealed-UN-report-shows-6-American-adults-hooked-pills.html.

3.Winkel, Bethany. “Avoiding Prescription Drug Abuse—Treatment Solutions.” Treatment Solutions. N.p., 11 Feb. 2010. Web. 23 July 2014. treatmentsolutions.com/avoiding-prescription-drug-abuse/.

4.Sack, David. “FDA Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Hits—and Misses—the Mark—Addiction Recovery.” Addiction Recovery with David Sack, M.D. Psych Central.com, 7 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/07/fda-prescription-drug-abuse-plan-hits-and-misses-the-mark/.

5.“Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.” Narconon International, n.d. Web. 22 July 2014. narconon.org/drug-abuse/signs-symptoms-pain-relievers.html.







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Fulton County Government sues multiple drug companies for supplying and distributing prescription drugs in GA at the alleged disregard of state laws and citizen’s welfare


Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 06, 2015

A conglomerate of companies supplying and distributing prescription drugs in Fulton County and throughout the state of Georgia under the brand name of Cardinal Health Companies, McKesson Corporation and AmeriSourceBergen Drug Corporation are being sued by Fulton County for allegedly causing injuries and engaging in a course of conduct that violates Georgia law. The law suit was filed by Fulton County Government in the Superior Court of Fulton County on Wednesday, March 10, 2015 – Case No. 2015CV258133.

According to court documents, the civil action addresses the epidemic of prescription opioid drug abuse and addiction in the State of Georgia and the related costs to the County. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), more than 16,500 people died in 2010 in the United States from opioid painkillers, more than from heroin and cocaine combined, and prescription painkillers are now the nation’s number one drug problem.

The prescription drug distribution system is a sprawling one that involves approximately 800 companies that sell billions of pills annually as stated in the complaint presented to the court. In 2012, sales of prescription painkillers in the United States reached $ 8.5 billion according to industry reports according to court documents..

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has reported that of the 686 drug overdose deaths in 2012, 592 (86%) were prescription drugs. The annual cost to Fulton County from the abuse of prescription drug is estimated to be millions of dollars. These costs are from expenses for Fulton County’s hospitals and health agencies, courts, social service agencies, jails and prisons, etc. according to court documents.

According to further court documents,. Cardinal had sent 2,050,000 oxycodone pills to one store in Florida where the population in the town was 53,000. These defendants have supplied controlled substances to rogue drugstores and clinics which disburse controlled substances based on bogus prescriptions from physicians who are prescribing for illegitimate purposes.as stated in court documents.

The complaint found in court documents alleges that Defendants violated provisions within the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and the Georgia Pharmacy Practice Act. It alleges that Defendants have, by their acts and omissions, caused and substantially contributed to damages to Fulton County by violating Georgia law, by creating conditions which contribute to the violations of Georgia laws by others, and by their negligent and/or reckless disregard of the customs, standards and practices within their own industry.

This civil action has requested that the Court issue a temporary and permanent injunction which will mandate the defendants to inform the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy of all suspicious orders for controlled substances; direct the defendants to submit their system of determining suspicious drug orders; and enjoin defendants from distributing in Georgia any controlled substance for illegitimate medical purpose. The plaintiff, Fulton County, also asks to recover costs, losses and damages; reimbursement for litigation costs; and a trial by jury.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Fulton County by Attorneys Roderick Edmond of Edmond, Lindsay and Hoffler, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and Mark Tate of the Tate Law Group in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Tate says, “This litigation gives Fulton County the opportunity to force the Defendants who have profited handsomely on the ticket of Fulton County taxpayers to shift the burden of costs to where it should be.” Mr. Edmond commented that, “This is a statewide problem, and Fulton County had to take action to stem the tide of its financial losses from the prescription drug abuse epidemic.”







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.







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Recent Reports State That 19 Million Americans Abuse Prescription Drugs; FDA and Novus Medical Detox Agree That Education is Needed


New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 46 Americans die every day from prescription drug overdose, which adds up to about 17,000 deaths annually. The reports also state that poisonings by drug overdose have tripled over the past 30 years. (1) Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, states that the reason behind the high number of fatalities lies in inadequate drug education.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carries this same belief, and has responded by implementing a new drug education program. The program seeks to educate doctors who prescribe these highly-addictive painkillers, as well as the patients who are taking them. The program’s mission is “to teach doctors about proper opiate prescribing for pain patients to minimize the risks of diversion and addiction.” (4)

The United Nation’s World Drug Report 2014 stated that in 2012, 6.1% (19 million) of Americans abused prescription opioids, including morphine, codeine, OxyContin and Vicodin. This figure categorizes the United States as a country that abuses prescription drugs more than any other country in the world. (2) In an effort to lower the number of people harmed by these drugs, Novus warns Americans to exercise caution when receiving a new prescription from a physician, and to ask questions related to its side effects.

“Intentionally or not, Americans may be underestimating the highly addictive nature of drugs such as opioids,” stated Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “It may start as nothing more than filling a prescription for legitimate pain, but overdose may result when a patient seeks to elicit a stronger high from these drugs.”

Novus recommends that the following steps be taken when being prescribed a new medication (3):

●    Be sure that the prescription comes from a trusted physician;

●    Only use the medication as prescribed;

●    Ask the physician about the medicine and its effects;

●    Conduct your own research about the drug’s effects; and

●    Be prepared—ask your doctor what to do if one becomes addicted.

All of these tips are important to heed before a patient starts to take a medication, because addiction may begin with the patient being unaware of a medication’s initial effects. This patient may begin to take pills more liberally than prescribed, and the dangers of addiction do not lie far behind.

Runyon maintains that comprehensive drug education, starting in grade school and continuing throughout adult life to physician visits, can help to significantly reduce the number of Americans addicted to such drugs.

While new preventative measures are being taken, Novus recommends looking out for the following symptoms or behaviors (but not limited to), if someone suspects that a loved one is abusing pain reliever prescription drugs (5):

●    Nausea, drowsiness;

●    Mood swings and anxiety;

●    Slowed reactions, movement and breathing;

●    Jittery or secretive; and/or

●    Neglect of work/school responsibilities.

Runyon advises those who are dependent upon any abusive substance(s) to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs, and to use those with integrated medicine that allows the detox process to be as comfortable as possible.

For more information on Novus Medical Detox’s addiction and detox programs, visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit http://www.novusdetox.com.

1.Hutchins, Sarah. “Drug Overdose: Prescription Painkillers Poison 46 Americans Every Day.” Liberty Voice, 20 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. guardianlv.com/2014/07/drug-overdose-prescription-painkillers-poison-46-americans-every-day/.

2.Blake, Matthew. “Extent of US Dependency on Prescription Drugs Revealed: UN Report Shows 6% of American Adults Hooked on Pills.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 July 2014. Web. 21 July 2014. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2683318/Extent-US-dependency-prescription-drugs-revealed-UN-report-shows-6-American-adults-hooked-pills.html.

3.Winkel, Bethany. “Avoiding Prescription Drug Abuse—Treatment Solutions.” Treatment Solutions. N.p., 11 Feb. 2010. Web. 23 July 2014. treatmentsolutions.com/avoiding-prescription-drug-abuse/.

4.Sack, David. “FDA Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Hits—and Misses—the Mark—Addiction Recovery.” Addiction Recovery with David Sack, M.D. Psych Central.com, 7 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/07/fda-prescription-drug-abuse-plan-hits-and-misses-the-mark/.

5.“Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.” Narconon International, n.d. Web. 22 July 2014. narconon.org/drug-abuse/signs-symptoms-pain-relievers.html.