Novus Backs California Medical Board Support of Prescription Drug Reforms—Suggests Collective Monitoring Systems

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Novus Medical Detox supports California’s prescription drug reforms, and encourages stronger prescription drug monitoring systems in every state.

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Abusers will be forced to face their addiction head-on because they will no longer be able to easily purchase these powerful, addictive substances

Prescription drug abuse has embedded itself deep into the heart of the U.S.—in the last decade, over 125,000 lives have been lost to legal prescription drugs (1). To counteract the growth of overdose deaths, the Medical Board of California recently agreed to support proposed legislation aimed at combating prescription drug abuse. Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage prescription drug abuse patients across the USA, supports the Board’s decision and encourages universal prescription drug monitoring systems in every state.

The proposed reforms will upgrade California’s prescription drug monitoring system, as well as give the Board more power in controlling prescription drugs and handling cases of overdose deaths. The legislation was inspired by a recent investigation whose findings labeled drugs prescribed by doctors as the culprit in nearly half of prescription drug deaths from 2006 to 2011 in California (2). Novus says the reforms are a great start, but monitoring systems are needed in every state to effectively eradicate prescription drug abuse.

Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon explains that prescription drug databases prevent “doctor shopping” (patients requesting care from multiple doctors), and also deter physicians from over-prescribing.

Conversely, Runyon also states that with these new laws comes a darker side for addicts. He warns that with tighter monitoring programs, many addicts will lose access to their drug sources. This could push them into quitting prescription drugs “cold turkey,” causing a number of painful and sometimes deadly withdrawal symptoms, including:

●Flu-like symptoms, such as muscle and bone aches;
●Insomnia, or inability to sleep;
●Vomiting or diarrhea;
●Irritability or anxiety; and

“Prescription drug monitoring programs are a key step in ending prescription drug abuse,” said Runyon. “Abusers will be forced to face their addiction head-on because they will no longer be able to easily purchase these powerful, addictive substances. But without proper help, many will turn to street drugs to avoid the pain.”

Pain, according to Novus, can be so extreme in withdrawing addicts that the fear of it alone will drive many to stay on powerful drugs, even when they do not want to, in order to avoid withdrawing and possibly even dying. “That’s how [Novus] came to be known,” said Runyon. “We were faced with people who wanted their lives back, but the withdrawal process was so brutal, they couldn’t face it alone.”

As a result, Novus transformed the detox process, as some will say, to assure that anyone can overcome prescription drug addiction comfortably. Unlike many other detox programs, along with state-of-the-art medical protocols, Novus pays particular attention to strengthening their patients’ bodies through a proprietary I.V. vitamin cocktail that is tailored to make the detox process as painless as possible and replenish nutrients lost during drug abuse. The vitamin I.V. is an advanced medical finding that has allowed Novus to handle the toughest of drug and alcohol cases—cases that have been rejected by other facilities as “too high-risk.”

For those in need of a detox program, Novus recommends choosing a facility with the following features:

●Individualized programs and one-on-one medical attention;
●Use of the minimal amount of medication needed for the individuals detox and natural supplements to help heal the body to make the detox comfortable and safe; and
●A stress-free environment that detoxes patients and doesn’t just transfer their addiction to another drug.

“Detox is the critical step in reclaiming your life from drugs, and should be undertaken with a trusted facility,” said Runyon. “Our main goal at Novus is to safely and humanely return our patients to a drug-free life.”

Novus Medical Detox has more than a 90% completion rate of people who start their medical detox at the facility, and is notable for helping people get their lives back.

To learn more about the Novus Medical Detox center and its addiction and detox programs, visit

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

1.Kane, Jason. “Prescription Drug Abuse: Top 10 Things CDC Says You Should Know.” PBS Newshour, 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.

2.Girion, Lisa, and Scott Glover. “California’s Medical Board Backs Prescription Drug Reforms.” Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2013. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.

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