Pill Mill Surge Spawns New Law in Georgia—Novus Medical Detox Supports Law, Warns Georgians of Deadly Withdrawals

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With stricter regulations in Georgia regarding pain clinics, Novus Medical Detox supports the new law but warns of dangers of withdrawal.

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Detox is the first step in reclaiming your life from prescription drugs

After the Florida crackdown on prescription pill mills (facilities that illegally prescribe and sell narcotic prescription drugs), many pill mill operators headed to Georgia to continue their practice. In response, Georgia has now implemented stricter laws governing the regulation of pain clinics. Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage prescription drug abuse patients, says the laws will help tackle what it considered to be an epidemic in Southern states, but could also influence the start of dangerous withdrawals in prescription drug addicts.

Recent statistics revealed that nearly 15,000 people die from prescription painkillers each year—making them the nation’s deadliest drugs, overtaking both cocaine and heroin combined (1). Georgia was one of the few Southern states with lax regulations regarding prescription drugs, making it a magnet for prescription drug addicts and illegitimate pain clinics. As a result, the number of pill mills in Georgia has exploded from fewer than 10 in 2010, to fluctuating between 90 and 140 over the last year (2). The new bill, approved pending the signature of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, requires pain management clinics to be owned by a doctor.

While eliminating access to illegitimate pain clinics may seem like a step in the right direction, Novus Executive Director, Kent Runyon, warns that addicts who quit using painkillers abruptly, or “cold turkey,” run the risk of experiencing deadly withdrawal symptoms.

“Addicts who no longer have access to these ‘pill mill’ facilities to fuel their addictions will begin experiencing heavy, sometimes deadly, withdrawal symptoms,” commented Runyon. “The plus side is that by eradicating pill mills, maybe we can give addicts the push they need to begin living healthier, happier lives.”

Novus, which mainly services professionals who have become addicted to pain meds prescribed by their medical doctors, says the pain that addicts experience, and the severity of the withdrawal process, should deter doctors from prescribing potent painkillers. Novus specializes in high-dose cases that other detox centers typically reject as too dangerous due to the extreme withdrawal symptoms, which can include, in varying degrees of severity:

●Flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle aches and pains);
●Gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting;
●Profuse sweating;
●Insomnia or inability to sleep.

Withdrawal is an important step in recovering from addiction, and is arguably the most difficult. Novus pays particular attention to strengthening its patients’ bodies, by focusing exclusively on proprietary medical protocols, such as the vitamin IV, to replenish nutrients lost during drug abuse—this is what has allowed them to treat high-dose addicts with minimal pain.

Runyon asserts that while Novus supports stricter laws governing access to prescription painkillers, promoting safe and effective detox programs is also essential in mitigating the overwhelming epidemic.

Runyon says that the top three points to look out for in determining a safe detox program are:

●Individualized programs and one-on-one medical attention;
●A stress-free environment that use medical protocols in conjunction with natural supplements to make the detox as comfortable as possible;
●Qualified, compassionate staff that understands detox and treats patients with dignity.

Novus advises those who are dependent on prescription drugs to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs. Novus’ detox programs have a high success rate, and their specialized staff helps many patients complete detox in less than two weeks.

“Detox is the first step in reclaiming your life from prescription drugs,” said Runyon. “Our main goal at Novus is helping people get their lives back.”

To learn more about the Novus Medical Detox center and its addiction and detox programs, 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 in-patient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs and alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting 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. For more information on Novus Medical Detox Center, please visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

1.“Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the U.S.” Cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2013. cdc.gov/Features/VitalSigns/PainkillerOverdoses/index.html.

2.Brumback, Kate. “Georgia Pill Mill Bill Approved By State Lawmakers.” TheHuffingtonPost.com. The Huffington Post, 21 Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2013. huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/georgia-pill-mill-bill_n_2926046.html.

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