Dr. Sponaugle of the Florida Detox & Wellness Institute Applauds Rick Scott for signing “Pill Mill" Bill

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is not perfect, but it will enable Attorney General Pam Bondi, and her team, to focus on illegitimate “pain specialists“ and the pain clinics whose doctors routinely prescribe opiate pain pills to out of state residents.

As the Medical Director of Florida Detox & Wellness Institute, Dr. Sponaugle applauds Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Senator Mike Fasano for their efforts in passing the “pill mill” legislation.

Doctors throughout America, including Dr. Phil have referred their addicted patients to Florida Detox for more scientific addiction treatment, treatment that ameliorates drug and alcohol craving by balancing brain chemistry verses “talk therapy” treatment that attempts to coach patients through their craving.

It is embarrassing to learn that patients from Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and even Toronto had been riding the “Oxy Express” to Florida so they could buy their “Oxy and Roxy” pain pills from unscrupulous drug dealing doctors in Tampa Bay.

Parents will also applaud the crackdown on drug dealing doctors in Florida. Out of state parents often rush their sons/daughters into rehab / detox stating, “my nephew back in Philly overdosed Saturday night, he and my son were snorting OxyContin they bought right here in Tampa, they were supposedly coming down for the beaches.”

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is not perfect, but it will enable Attorney General Pam Bondi, and her team, to focus on illegitimate “pain specialists“ and the pain clinics whose doctors routinely prescribe opiate pain pills to out of state residents. Common sense dictates that patients with legitimate pain do not need to travel out of state, bypassing other states to procure opioid pain medicine in Florida.

Furthermore, the exponential increase in physician prescribing of opiate pain medicines since 1990 is not warranted. True pain specialists, not simply the doctor who hangs a pain shingle outside of his office, but, those who actually matriculate in specialty training for pain management, are taught to use every means possible to avoid prescribing addicting opiate medications.

It has been proven for ten years that patients taking opiate pain medication on a chronic (daily) basis, eventually, usually within two years, suffer more physical pain from their injury than they experienced immediately following their accident. This well documented phenomenon is called hyperalgesia.

University pain professors suggest we know little regarding the mechanism of hyperalgesia, this void in knowledge is derived from the fact that America’s addiction treatment centers have failed to perform any sophisticated testing on opiate addicted patients.

Reasearch at Florida Detox has clearly proven that daily consumption of opiate pain medication changes the “brain chemistry profile” in a manner that up-regulates electrifying brain chemicals and down-regulates relaxing brain chemicals, thus, excessive electrical current in the brain amplifies every electrical pain signal entering the brain – as from a pinched sciatic nerve.

For this reason, chronic pain patients must constantly raise their opiate dose. Florida Detox treats many patients who suffer an OxyContin addiction of 8,000 mgs a day but were initially prescribed only 30 mgs a day.

Furthermore, SPECT brain research on addicted patients and research from university medical centers has proven that patients suffering high dose Methadone and OxyContin addiction can have much worse looking brain scans than patients abusing street drugs.

Marvin “Rick” Sponaugle, M.D.
Founder, Medical Director
Florida Detox & Wellness Institute
Board Certified Anesthesiology, Addiction Medicine
(727) 945-9198 Office

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