Novus Supports New Florida Laws That Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

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Medical Detox Center’s caring approach and proven protocols provide a solid solution for a growing number of addicts seeking treatment.

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Many detox centers in Florida turn away those high-dosage prescription drug abusers because the detoxing process at their places is just so harsh

There appears to be a tipping point when the cost of an addiction can’t sustain the high. That’s just one of the reasons why Novus Medical Detox Center is experiencing an uptick in the number of patients it is now treating for prescription drug abuse. Based in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, a state that’s been coined “Oxy Express” for long being the nation’s hub for the illegal sale of prescription drugs, Novus has seen an unprecedented rise in patients abusing prescription drugs. In fact, the center’s research shows that 44 percent of its patients became addicted to drugs that a doctor legally prescribed them for medical reasons. Sixty-nine percent of last year’s patients were admitted for prescription drug addiction.

But Florida has been cracking down, thanks to tough, new laws targeting the illegal and shady prescribing practices of doctors, pharmacists, pain clinic operators and other types of “pill mills,” where prescription drugs are being purchased under the table and resold at black-market prices. Specifically, in July 2010, Florida prohibited (with some exceptions) doctors from dispensing narcotics and addictive medicines in offices or clinics, according to the New York Times1 article. That prior October, another ban had already started limiting how many pills a doctor could dispense, the article stated. Doctors’ purchases of Oxycodone, which in Florida hit 32.2 million doses in the first six months of 2010, then fell by 97 percent in that same period in 20111. Consequently, the sunshine state’s new laws have been making it harder and more costly for addicts to source and feed their habits. Finally, Florida has a weapon to use in the battle against illegal prescription drug abuse, according to Kirk Burness, Director of Novus.

“By enforcing these new laws, the state is criminalizing the prescribing of mass quantities of pills without clear need, and that’s shrinking the supply chain of illegal prescription drugs that’s been contributing to the problem,” Burness says. “Here at Novus, we support such new laws. The struggle to fuel an addiction often becomes the catalyst for seeking detox and treatment.”

Located in a peaceful, serene and private location, Novus is a novelty, being that it’s one of the only Florida-based detox centers that can handle high-dosage prescription drug abusers. Novus accomplishes this by following strict protocols, for example, never “experimenting on” patients and only using drugs on an as needed basis to ensure a safe, less harrowing detox process. Novus also provides a daily, customized patient program that’s adjusted to nurture the patient’s progression. Patients receive natural supplements, ample hydration and restorative IV treatments, e.g., vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which is part of Novus’ proprietary treatment. Because of this, Novus patients, upon discharge, say they feel better than before they ever started doing drugs.

Notably, at Novus, patient “support” doesn’t mean just the physical detox experience. The Novus team genuinely treats every patient as a human being, rather than some problem in society or, worse, just another “drug addict.”

“Many detox centers in Florida turn away those high-dosage prescription drug abusers because the detoxing process at their places is just so harsh,” Burness says. “Consequently, the addicts can’t handle it because it’s so physically uncomfortable and emotionally impossible. They’d rather be on the drugs then off, and that completely negates the purpose of the detox efforts.”

Not only can Novus handle such patient challenges, but the center’s proprietary nutritional protocols also assist in restoring the nutritional depletion that addicts suffer. This holistic treatment approach builds a better foundation for patient recovery, becoming a springboard for a healthier mind, body and spirit.

For more information, visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center
Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment - putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, television, DVD player and high-speed Internet access.

1 The New York Times. “Florida Shutting Down ‘Pill Mill’ Clinics” Aug. 31, 2011 online edition: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/01/us/01drugs.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1

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