A report from 2009, compiled by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said that the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs in the state was increasing at an alarming rate. This is a statistic reflective of what’s going on throughout the country. Pharmaceutical drugs, namely opiates, are sometimes abused and diverted for the high they can produce. Most people who seek out opiate detoxification from the Waismann Method have become physically dependent after legitimate use escalates because of a tolerance. People just don’t set out to become addicted to their prescription painkillers. Taking drugs such as OxyContin or Demerol for pain is very necessary for many people. These drugs, however, are potent, and many are meant to be taken in the short term. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said that painkillers containing hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) are viable threats in Louisiana. Overdoses of methadone, an opiate replacement drug, have also increased in recent years in the state, the DEA said.
People obtain these drugs in various ways. A popular means of diversion is doctor shopping, or going from doctor to doctor to secure numerous supplies. Other people engage in prescription fraud through forging. The Internet has also become a dangerous breeding ground for unscrupulous companies selling prescription painkillers. Some don’t even require a legitimate prescription. Pain management clinics have popped up around the country and in every major city in Louisiana, according to the DEA who calls them “enormous threats.” Those clinics that illegally prescribe pills to addicts are known as “pill mills.” In an effort to curtail the threat, state officials have adopted new laws for companies looking to open these clinics. Other methods used to obtain these pills illegally include pharmacy theft, employee theft and diversion by health care workers. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy takes part in a prescription drug-monitoring program. This is a database that tracks patients’ prescription histories to cut down on diversion and abuse.
Waismann Method is a renowned opiate detoxification program that helps people recover from dependence to drugs including Dilaudid, Actiq, morphine, codeine and heroin. We are known around the world for our gentle, yet thorough approach to opiate addiction. Our medical procedure has been perfected by our team of doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses over a decade of treating people from Louisiana and around the world. We use intravenous medication that is non-addictive to cleanse the opiates from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens while they are sedated by general deep sedation and unaware of the accelerated withdrawal that is developing and passing. This essentially allows them to skip a painful withdrawal. Our procedure takes less than two hours and patients’ total stay is a few days. We also offer optional extended care through our Domus Retreat.