Missouri’s location in the central part of the United States makes it easily accessible for people looking to distribute, buy or sell prescription drugs. This is a problem throughout the country, but Missouri is affected in particular by prescription opiates containing oxycodone and hydrocodone. These are both potent narcotics, and products containing them are labeled controlled substances by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Some people who take oxycodone and hydrocodone to control pain can develop a tolerance to it after prolonged or excessive use. OxyContin contains oxycodone and is very powerful. The illicit use of this drug and subsequent problems it creates has become quite problematic around the country. Hydrocodone products such as Vicodin, along with codeine and methadone, have also created a problem in Missouri, according to the agency. There are many people who take prescription opiates safely but some become dependent through no fault of their own. Whatever the reason, Waismann Method in southern California offers a compassionate opiate treatment that has served residents from Missouri and around the world since 1997.
When used improperly, opiates can be highly addictive. The number of cases of prescription opiate abuse and diversion has increased dramatically over the last several years as more prescriptions are written for these drugs. Data from the U.S. Department of Justice shows a 1,800 percent increase in the number of prescriptions written for OxyContin between 1996 and 2000 in the U.S. Opiates, especially OxyContin, are critical tools in the fight for pain management. People who take it for legitimate pain may turn to illicit means of diversion if they become dependent. The DEA says that popular diversion methods in Missouri are doctor shopping, the forging and altering of prescriptions, illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers, personal and pharmacy theft and the Internet. There are a disturbing number of websites offering prescriptions for opiates without requiring a prescription. Some even send counterfeit or expired medications.
There are many options for opiate treatment available for Missouri residents. Waismann Method’s rapid opiate detoxification is widely known in the field for offering a safe, effective and discreet opiate addiction treatment. We use intravenous medication to cleanse the opiates quickly from patients’ opiate receptors. This eliminates the physical addiction in less than two hours and patients rest lightly under general deep sedation during it. The procedure accelerates withdrawal and patients awaken from the procedure without the awareness they even experienced opiate withdrawal. This helps patients recover in a controlled environment that is safe. A pain-free withdrawal also helps guard against instances of relapse. Patients stay in the hospital 3 to 6 days and can return home once discharged. Others may opt to transition in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility where extended recovery is encouraged through counseling, massage, biofeedback and relaxation.
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