Pharmaceutical abuse has become an alarming problem for Florida officials who report that products containing hydrocodone and oxycodone are at the top of the list for abuse and diversion. A Florida medical examiners report from 2008 showed that five people from Florida died every day due to prescription drug overdoses. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency lists primary concerns in Florida as opiates such as heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin and methadone, and benzodiazepines such as Klonopin and Xanax.
Primary methods of diversion include doctor shopping to secure more than one supply, pharmacy theft, forged prescriptions, illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers and the Internet. The DEA says Florida has become a popular destination for Internet holding companies that organize and control doctors, pharmacies, websites and pharmaceutical wholesalers. The agency also calls Tampa “ground zero” for Internet diversion. Buying prescription pills from many of these sites can be dangerous. Some are illegal operations and others may offer substandard products, the wrong pills or medication with dangerous ingredients.
Heroin also poses a significant threat in Florida. This state is a primary target for international drug smugglers and money laundering operations. The state has over 8,000 miles of coastline that provide access and opportunity for these organizations to smuggle drugs into the country. From there, much of it is transported to other states. Heroin is a highly potent opioid that attaches to receptors in the body and brain, producing a quick, intense high. Pharmaceutical opiates have a similar effect and can cause dependence quickly with prolonged use.
Opiate dependency can ruin lives if it’s not addressed by medical professionals. There are plenty of options for opiate treatment but not all provide in-depth detoxification and support. Waismann Method has treated thousands of people from Florida and around the world that have struggled with addiction to opiates including OxyContin, Percocet, Actiq and Dilaudid.
We use intravenous medication that is non-addicting to cleanse the opiates from patients’ opiate receptors. In less than two hours, we can eliminate the physical addiction while patients are sedated by general deep sedation. Our procedure also manages the withdrawal phase so symptoms develop and pass while patients are under sedation. Opiate dependency doesn’t have to derail your future. Waismann Method has spent more than a decade perfecting our opiate detox to ensure safety, success and compassion during a difficult period.