Massachusetts Opioid Treatment Programs
The diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical opiates continue to be a problem throughout the state of Massachusetts. Heroin is one of the primary threats, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. OxyContin, which is seen as a “gateway drug” to heroin use, has also increased in popularity. Prescription painkillers of the opiate class are considered controlled substances because of their potential to lead to misuse, abuse, and dependence. Patients are often taken safely by patients, but some become dependent after developing a tolerance with prolonged use. Some people increase use at this point and wind up dependent. People with legitimate prescriptions for opiates, including OxyContin, Percocet, and morphine, don’t set out to become dependent. However, there are those people who take these drugs for recreational purposes. This is a growing problem throughout the country and Massachusetts, as these drugs become increasingly more available.
Diversion of prescription painkillers in Massachusetts is accomplished through many methods. Prescription fraud is common and includes people who forge prescriptions and try to fill them. Doctor shopping is another means used to obtain more than one supply of a certain prescription drug. Federal drug authorities say there are organized doctor-shopping rings in operation in the state. People in Massachusetts have also obtained opiates through pain clinics in other states and distribute them throughout the state. The DEA said traffickers send OxyContin through express mail shipments into Boston. Another popular method of diversion in the state is through individuals who have legitimate prescriptions for the meds. OxyContin contains the opiate oxycodone. Other medications that contain this include Roxicet and Percocet, two other medications the DEA says are readily available in the state. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone, and methadone, an opiate replacement drug used to treat opiate addiction, are also diverted and abused quite a bit in Massachusetts.
Waismann Method® Rapid Detox
There is help available for people from Massachusetts who need opiate detoxification, no matter the reason why. Waismann Method, on the west coast, has served many people from Massachusetts and around the world since 1997 with our rapid opiate detox. Our approach to opiate dependence is safe, effective, humane, and discreet. Our procedure is performed in a hospital and cleanses heroin and prescription painkillers from patients’ opiate receptors using non-addicting medicine. This takes just over an hour, and patients rest comfortably under deep sedation during the procedure. Opiate withdrawal is accelerated, so symptoms develop and pass while patients are sedated. This allows them to skip a painful withdrawal that so many people fear essentially. Patients awaken free of opiate addiction, and without conscious awareness, they experienced withdrawal. The total hospital stay is usually 5 to 6 days, and patients can decide to return home after discharge. Transitional living is offered for others through our optional aftercare facility, Domus Retreat.