Drug Rehab Takes on Opana Abuse

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Burning Tree, long term drug rehab, in Texas announces it is taking on the fight against Opana abuse. Opana, a prescription opiate, has been alarming addiction treatment providers in more recent months and it's abuse is on the rise.

As part of an ongoing effort to respond to the abuse of prescription painkillers, the long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility Burning Tree has announced its plan to target individuals who have become dependent on Opana, a powerful narcotic, for treatment in its residential program. This brand-name oxymorphone, used to treat moderate to severe pain, is growing in popularity, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and is more powerful than the more highly recognized OxyContin. Opana abuse is not limited to persons with a prescription who develop as tolerance; the drug, which reportedly carries a price tag of $30-$50 on the street, is commonly sold or traded for non-prescription use.

Although Opana can be snorted or injected, one serious threat of Opana abuse comes from crushing and consuming its extended release version. This act makes the drug stronger, and it becomes even more lethal when mixed with other narcotics or alcohol. In many instances, death follows as documented by the DEA office of drug evaluation, 223 casualties in the United States during the first half of 2010 alone.

Opana-related symptoms resemble use of other opiates. Users may experience shallow breathing, a slower heart rate, confusion, severe weakness, and even seizures. Vomiting and dizziness are also not uncommon after consuming Opana.

Burning Tree recognizes an Opana abuser may have a history of abusing other narcotics, including morphine, codeine and suboxone. Since these past encounters and addictions may have been treated unsuccessfully, Burning Tree encourages anyone experiencing Opana dependence, or their family members, to contact the treatment center for a phone consultation with an admissions representative.

Burning Tree’s primary focus is providing recovery solutions for individuals who have experienced a chronic relapse despite multiple attempts to live a drug-free life. The residential program is centered on a 12-Step recovery. A dual diagnosis approach to determine co-occurring mental health issues also serves to strengthen chances at a successful recovery.

Burning Tree operates two long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Texas. These facilities, outside of Dallas and Austin, serve individuals from all 50 states. More information can be obtained online at http://www.burningtree.com or by calling 866-287-2877.


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