The diversion and abuse of opiates continues to be a problem in Minnesota, where more and more people have been seeking out help for dependence to these drugs. Opiates include heroin and some prescription drugs used to control pain. In a 2009 report, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration said the most commonly diverted prescription medications included Nubain, Dilaudid, Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), methadone and products containing codeine. An increase of methadone diversion has been reported as people turn to casual sharing and doctor shopping, or going from doctor to doctor to secure more than one supply. Nubain is a prescription narcotic that has emerged in the Minneapolis area and is sometimes abused by people who mistakenly believe it has properties similar to steroids. The DEA said a few deaths were recorded after people mixed Nubain and other medications.
People might seek out diverted pharmaceuticals after becoming addicted to their pain medication. Others abuse these controlled substances for recreational purposes. Common methods of diversion include doctor shopping, forged prescriptions, pharmacy and home invasions, personal theft, illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers and the Internet. Counterfeit and dangerous medications are sometimes sold by unscrupulous web sites, many which do not even require a prescription. Prescription painkillers are taken safely by millions of people every day. It is possible for people to become dependent upon them after using them for a prolonged period. This establishes a tolerance, where the body becomes used to the medication. At this point, many people increase use to achieve the same, basic level of pain relief. A physical dependence can develop quickly and requires professional treatment to reverse.
The Waismann Method is a leader in the treatment of opiate dependence. We know that most of our clients don’t set out to become dependent. That’s why we’ve developed opiate treatment that is designed to be safe, effective, humane and compassionate. Our company is made up of dedicated doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists who have spent more than a decade perfecting our program. Waismann Method’s rapid opiate detox uses non-addicting intravenous medications to cleanse the drugs from patients’ opiate receptors. This is done in a hospital and takes less than two hours, all while patients are resting comfortably under deep sedation. An accelerated withdrawal syndrome takes place while patients are sedated and they awaken without conscious awareness they experienced symptoms. The total hospital stay is usually 3 to 6 days after which patients can be discharged and return home. Others may choose to transition in our optional recovery program through our Domus Retreat facility.