Opiate abuse and diversion is a growing concern throughout much of the country. Drugs such as OxyContin, Demerol, Dilaudid, Vicodin and Percocet offer great pain relief for millions but can be habit forming if taken for extended periods of time. OxyContin has significantly impacted this northeastern state, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says diverted pharmaceuticals are a big problem here. Federal and state investigations have revealed that the primary source of diverted OxyContin in Vermont is New York. The DEA said in 2008 that traffickers bring in several thousand OxyContin pills at a time from New York for distribution. Vicodin, hydrocodone, fentanyl, methadone and some benzodiazepines have also become problematic in terms of diversion and abuse. The DEA said that impaired practitioners are also a concern in the state. Some divert pharmaceuticals for themselves or for others.
There are many ways in which people can divert or get their hands on pharmaceuticals. This ease of access has caused widespread problems throughout the country. As more and more prescriptions are being written for these drugs, the number of cases of diversion, abuse, addiction and overdose has increased dramatically. The DEA said primary diversion methods in Vermont include doctor shopping. This is when patients go from doctor to doctor to secure more than one supply of a drug for real or exaggerated pain. Others include illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers, forged prescriptions, pharmacy theft, employee theft and the Internet.
Prescription painkiller addiction does not discriminate. People of all ages, sexes, races and socioeconomic backgrounds are affected by this epidemic. Though the issue of opiate dependence is very serious in nature, residents of Vermont can rest assured that there is highly specialized help available. Waismann Method is the leader in the field of opiate treatment, providing medical opiate detox for the last decade. We provide the most compassionate, humane and discreet treatment available. Patients check into a hospital for 5 to 6 days and receive non-addicting medications intravenously. This medicine cleanses patients’ opiate receptors and eliminates the physical addiction. During this, patients sleep lightly under general deep sedation for the duration of the procedure, which takes little more than an hour. They awaken without the conscious awareness that an accelerated withdrawal took place while they were anesthetized. This means that symptoms develop and pass while patients are sedated. After being monitored closely for a few days, patients are evaluated by our medical staff for discharge and can return home or transition in our optional Domus Retreat aftercare facility.
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