The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy says that abuse of prescription pills is the fastest growing form of substance abuse in Iowa. This is true with many other states as well, and opiates make up a large chunk of abuse and diversion being reported. Painkillers containing hydrocodone and oxycodone can be taken safely but are the two most often abused prescription opiates, according to drug and law enforcement officials around the country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that opiates such as OxyContin, codeine and Percocet are primary concerns in Iowa. Diversion around the country has escalated in the last several years because of Internet companies that offer these controlled substances, sometimes without requiring a prescription. Buying prescription meds online is sometimes cheaper and easier for many people. Weeding out the websites that operated illegally or unethically is very important. Some people have reported receiving the wrong medication, the wrong dose or opiates that are counterfeit. Other popular methods of diversion in Iowa are pharmacy theft, illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers, forged prescriptions, employee theft and doctor shopping.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America conducted a study in 2005 that found that 2,500 youth in the U.S., between the ages of 12 and 17, abuse a painkiller for the first time each day. The problem, of course, is not limited to young people, and not all people who take these medications do so with the intentions of getting high. Prescription painkillers can lead to dependence quickly in people of all ages if they are misused, abused or taken for long periods of time. An opioid dependency can be difficult to overcome without professional help. People with legitimate pain may be prescribed narcotics, which can lead to the development of a tolerance over time. This may cause them to escalate use, which can lead quickly to dependence and addiction. Unintentional poisoning deaths in Iowa increased 85 percent between 2002 and 2006, according to a University of Iowa report for the State Department of Public Health. A good deal of the increase is attributed to people who used prescription medications, including opiates, along with other drugs or alcohol.
Just because prescription painkillers are prescribed by a doctor doesn’t mean they can’t harm you. The Waismann Method of opiate detoxification has treated residents from Iowa and around the world for more than 10 years with our renowned procedure. We use non-addicting intravenous medication to cleanse the opiates from patients’ opiate receptors. This takes place while patients are sedated by general deep sedation and withdrawal symptoms develop and pass during this time. In less than two hours, our patients are freed from the grasp of physical addiction. Our approach to opiate detoxification is discreet and compassionate. We know most people don’t take prescription painkillers with the intent of becoming addicted. If you or someone you know is dependent upon opiates, the professional staff at Waismann Method is ready to help out.