This video clip, courtesy of 48 Hours, introduces viewers to Troy, a young man who has become addicted to OxyContin, developing a $300-a-day habit.
Narrator Dan Rather says prescription painkiller abuse and addiction has become the fastest growing drug problem in the country. This problem has reached epidemic proportions, as there has been a marked increase in the number of prescriptions written in the last several years.
Troy, who said he never wanted to grow up to be a junkie, is preparing to enter the Waismann Method program for opiate detox. Here, he will undergo rapid detox for OxyContin addiction, a medical procedure that eliminates the physical dependency in less than two hours. Troy, who said he uses OxyContin as a means for survival, admits he is nervous to go through detox. Will he find relief from this painful disease?
CBS 48 Hours: OxyContin Addiction (Part 1)
In part 2, the desperation of prescription painkiller addiction is evident watching this 48 Hours news clip.
Troy, a young man addicted to OxyContin, takes his chances with arrest by shooting up the drug while enroute to drug detox treatment. Troy is on his way to California where he will undergo the medical procedure offered by the Waismann Method.
Troy gets very sick if he runs out of OxyContin. The Waismann Method for Opiate Dependence helps end Troy’s dysfunctional relationship with OxyContin in less than two hours. It speeds up the withdrawal phase of addiction while Troy is under light anesthesia. Dr. Clifford Bernstein explains how this management of withdrawal helps eliminate the suffering of patients in the program.
CBS 48 Hours: OxyContin Addiction (Part 2)
Troy couldn’t go more than a few hours without OxyContin before his body would begin feeling the painful effects of withdrawal.
After enlisting help from Waismann Method, the young man is seen recovering in this clip from 48 Hours. The medical procedure takes less than two hours and completely reverses opiate addiction.
After a few days of monitoring, Troy is released from the hospital and returns home with a daily prescription for a medication that will block cravings for the drug. He is shown two months later, still sober and moving on with life. This video shows the growing dangers of prescription painkiller addiction through the eyes of Troy and others.
CBS 48 Hours: OxyContin Addiction (Part 3)