Narconon Spokesperson Explains Growing Problem with Abused Prescription Drugs in Houston Increases Need for Effective Drug Rehabilitation

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Narconon recognizes growing overdose and addiction statistics from Houston area which mean that not only do doctors in illicit trade need to be found and arrested, but also that those who are addicted need rehabilitation.

Narconon Arrowhead helped taught me how to get my life back and gave me the tools I needed to overcome my addiction

Houston, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, also has one of the country’s worst problems with illicit prescription drug distribution. The area has seen enormous growth in prescription drug overdoses in the last decade.

As covered over the last several months in the Houston Chronicle, the city is a hotbed for illicit prescribing and prescription drug abuse. Houston is recognized worldwide for it’s wealth of medical resources which means that the city will be home to many doctors and pharmacists. The DEA reports that there are a hundred pain clinics in the city plus more than 2,500 pharmacies. The Chronicle quoted US Senator John Coryne from Texas as saying that "instances of accidental death by prescription drug overdose in Texas are increasing at an alarming rate."

A review of the Drug Abuse Warning Network report on drug-related deaths shows that Harris County lost more than 450 citizens from drug-related causes in 2008. In 144 cases, there was only one drug involved in the death and that was often various forms of cocaine per treatment admission reports. But other than these cocaine deaths, the standout source of drug deaths was prescription drugs: stimulants, antipsychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, sedatives and opioid painkillers.

Most deaths involved multiple drugs, for example, what is known as the “Houston cocktail”: Vicodin, Xanax and Soma. Vicodin is an opioid painkiller that contains hydrocodone, Xanax is a benzodiazepine and Soma is known generically as carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant. Taken together, they are said to produce a high similar to heroin. In 2008, benzodiazepines were involved in 169 deaths, opioid painkillers in 182, and carisoprodol in 77. All are addictive.

Drug Enforcement is Vital but Must be Accompanied by Effective Rehabilitation

Just an hour or so north of the Texas-Oklahoma border lies tiny Canadian, Oklahoma. Perhaps an unlikely location for one of Oklahoma’s largest and most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. But drive up the road into the Arrowhead State Park and you’ll find the Narconon Arrowhead rehab facility.

“Many people come to us from Texas so they can recover from drug and alcohol abuse,” stated Derry Hallmark, head of the center’s intake operations. “We have been seeing a great increase in the number of people seeking recovery from prescription drug addiction. Half of our admissions are due to addiction to one or more of these drugs.”

Mr. Hallmark went on to explain that drug enforcement would always be important in the fight against law-breaking pharmacists but that is only part of the solution. “A single person abusing and addicted to prescription drugs can spread that problem to many other people by sharing their drugs. Each time we rehabilitate one person from prescription painkillers, sedatives, anti-anxiety or other drugs, we may be saving multiple lives.”

Narconon Arrowhead has been saving lives from addiction for a decade at its Canadian, Oklahoma location. Utilizing a long-term residential format, this holistic program helps people get off drugs or alcohol without the administration of methadone, buprenorphine, antidepressants or any other drugs. Seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home, giving Narconon the best success rate of any drug rehab facility in the area.

For more information on the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation or prevention programs, log on to http://www.houstondrugrehab.org or call us today at 1-888-816-0667 today.

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