After a yearlong investigation dubbed “Operation Pill Nation,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local authorities recently raided 11 pain clinics throughout South Florida for dispensing illegal prescriptions for painkillers. The DEA also reported that five out of the 22 people arrested were doctors at these pain clinics, which brought in a profit of $22 million from distributing more than 660,000 dosages of oxycodone. Consequentially, the Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification, a pioneering medical procedure for rapid opiate detoxification, found that 26 percent of its patients surveyed in 2010 obtained prescription painkillers from the street, and therefore urges the public to recognize the severe consequences of the illegal prescribing of these drugs.
“The recent events in Florida can be interpreted as a small victory in the war against prescription drug abuse; however, there is still a long way to go,” said Clare W. Kavin, addiction specialist and administrative director of the Waismann Method. “We continue to see a significant number of patients who indicate that they’re dependent on prescription medications which are obtained unlawfully. As such, we stress the importance of education and raising awareness for the potential dangers of opiates, including the grave consequences individuals could face as a result of abusing painkillers.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that Florida prescribes oxycodone pills 10 more times than all the states combined, many of which wind up being distributed on the street. They also expressed that pill mills such as the clinics raided in Florida are fueling the painkiller problem throughout the country, and that licensed medical professionals are capitalizing on this new epidemic that is sweeping the nation. Among assets seized during the Florida raid were 46 luxury vehicles and abundant real estate properties, all of which were funded by illegal oxycodone prescriptions.
“With such an astounding number of oxycodone pills coming out of Florida, there needs to be a sense of responsibility and medical integrity from doctors to encourage proper drug use as well as recognize when their patients are abusing their prescriptions,” continued Kavin.
The Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification is a pioneering medical procedure, which provides a safe and humane treatment for opiate dependency. Performed in a hospital intensive care unit, the Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification carefully administers medications to reverse the physiological dependence on opiates while the symptoms of withdrawal are addressed. During the procedure, the patient experiences minimal conscious withdrawal, and afterward enters the Domus Retreat full-service facility for continued physical and mental care.
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About The Waismann Method
Performed in a hospital intensive care unit, the Waismann Method involves the administration of medication to reverse the physiological dependence on opiates while the symptoms of withdrawal are addressed. During the procedure, the patient experiences minimal conscious withdrawal, and will be able to return home within days. Seventy-two percent of the prescription drug dependent patients who are treated with the Waismann Method remain drug free after one year.