The misuse of prescription painkillers has skyrocketed within the last decade, an alarming trend for law enforcement, health and judicial agencies that have to deal with it. The diversion of opiates including OxyContin, morphine, methadone and Percocet has grown increasingly sophisticated as more and more people become dependent upon them. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration said in 2008 that New York’s problem with pharmaceutical diversion centered on products containing oxycodone and hydrocodone. These are highly potent opioids that are considered controlled substances and used for pain relief. Among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in New York, according to the DEA, are: OxyContin, methadone and fentanyl. The illicit sale of heroin is also problematic in this state, especially because more and more people who suffer from OxyContin addiction turn to heroin, which is often cheaper.
The DEA lists the most common diversion tactics in New York as doctor shopping, forged prescriptions and theft. Doctor shopping is the practice of visiting multiple doctors to secure several supplies of a pharmaceutical drug. Other popular methods of diversion are illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers, pharmacy and personal theft, forged and altered prescriptions and the Internet. The increasing availability of these drugs is a big problem for the general population, but especially for young people who can find prescription painkillers in the medicine cabinets of friends and family. The problem is further complicated by the fact that many people believe these medications are safe to take because a doctor prescribes them. The state of New York’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services said in 2009 that one in five high school seniors (18%) had reported abusing prescription pain medication to get high. The national percentage is 13 %, according to the agency. Most people who seek out opiate treatment don’t use pain medication to get high. Most need these medications for pain relief and have become dependent upon them over time.
Waismann Method in southern California has treated thousands of people from New York and across the world with our renowned rapid opiate detoxification. We are known for our humane approach to opiate dependence. We never make our patients feel guilty or shameful for their problem and our staff members and medical personnel are highly discreet. Our patients never have to worry about their privacy. Our medical procedure takes place in a hospital where tests are given to rule out underlying issues. We then administer non-addicting intravenous medication to cleanse opiates quickly from patients’ opiate receptors. Patients are under general deep sedation at this time and don’t realize that accelerated withdrawal symptoms develop and pass before they awaken. This takes less than two hours and our total hospital stay is 3 to 6 days. We also offer extended care through our Domus Retreat, which specializes in holistic and therapeutic aftercare.