Prescription painkiller addiction is a serious problem that has touched nearly every community in the country. Kansas is no exception. This centrally located state is taking steps to address the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical narcotics through a prescription drug-monitoring program. This database allows states to collect and store information on people’s prescription drug histories in an effort to thwart abuse and diversion. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says products containing hydrocodone and oxycodone are the most often abused and diverted. The pharmaceutical drug of choice in Kansas is OxyContin, according to the DEA. OxyContin can be taken safely but has caused serious problems throughout the nation as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare workers and the general population fall prey to dependence. No one sets out to become dependent upon his or her prescription pills. It can happen if use is escalated once a tolerance to the medication sets in.
Hydrocodone and oxycodone are potent medications used for pain relief. OxyContin contains oxycodone and Vicodin is an example of an opiate that contains hydrocodone. The DEA lists other opiate painkillers that are commonly abused and diverted in Kansas as: Demerol, Dilaudid, Lortab, morphine, Percocet, Percodan and Vicodin. Some people hold legitimate prescriptions for these drugs but must find other avenues to obtain it if they become dependent. Of course there are others who take these painkillers recreationally, for the high or sense of calm they can produce. Popular methods of diversion include doctor shopping. This is the practice of visiting more than one doctor to get more than one prescription. Others may visit pain clinics, some which offer these drugs without the best intentions. The Internet also facilitates the diversion of pharmaceuticals through websites that offer pills, sometimes without requiring a prescription. Diversion also occurs through personal theft, pharmacy theft, employee theft and prescription forgeries.
The Waismann Method of accelerated opiate detoxification knows that opiate dependence is a serious condition that no one sets out to develop. We are compassionate about our approach to opiate detox, treating each person as an individual with individual concerns. We test our patients thoroughly to rule out possible underlying conditions. From there, we administer non-addicting medication intravenously to wipe out the dependence at the receptor sites. Our anesthesiologists sedate patients during this procedure, which takes less than two hours. An accelerated withdrawal syndrome develops and passes during this time, so patients don’t have to suffer through the pain of withdrawal. They awaken after a short period, free of their opiate dependence and ready to move forward in life. It’s been over a decade now that we’ve been treating thousands of people from Kansas and around the world. If opiate dependence has you trapped, the Waismann Method is here to assist in your total recovery.