Decreased Abuse of Prescription Pills in Florida Encourages a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Drug Abuse

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Harbor Village Detox comments on the effectiveness of a cumulative effort on the parts of local citizens, clinics, and legislation to induce positive change for illicit drug use and drug related deaths.

Taking the initial steps to redress the rife drug problems here in Florida is important to stave off future addicts from spiraling down the road of abuse.

Deemed a “success story” by Pain Medicine News in their January 2015 issue, Florida has seen a drastic reduction in drug overdose fatalities in relation to prescription pills. In 2009 Florida was charged with harboring over 700 “pill mills” or pain clinics wantonly prescribing, and over prescribing addictive opiate medications. Most abusers of painkillers, or narcotic analgesics, are exposed to addictive substances after sustaining a legitimate injury. Doctors in the field have an unsightly penchant for prescribing medications that are far too potent in response to patients’ injuries. As a result, communities become riddled with drug addicts, and substance abusers don’t typically find relief until their addictions overtake their lives completely. Harbor Village Detox is an affordable drug rehab center that is located in sunkissed Florida. Their mission is to provide victims of substance abuse disorders with lifesaving medical detoxification.

In 2010 Florida pain clinics were imposed upon by the government to register with the state. Their privilege of prescribing pain medications directly from their facilities were revoked, and pill mills were shut down by the authorities in an effort to restore the communities blighted by their malpractice. According to Pain Medicine News, after the closure of the highest offenders, prescription drug overdose deaths declined from 2,722 to 2,116.

In the reduction of prescription drug related deaths, Florida is evidence that legislation can have a direct effect on drug laden communities suffering from abuse. With the introduction of modified prescription drugs, deaths should decrease even more. Altered prescription drugs are specially formulated to prevent substance abusers from altering the original form of the pill. for instance, some medications are crush resistant, barring addicts from snorting, injecting, or otherwise abusing prescription medications in various forms.

An addiction counselor from the inpatient rehabilitation center, Harbor Village Detox, is hopeful for the future of Florida’s drug problem, “Taking the initial steps to redress the rife drug problems here in Florida is important to stave off future addicts from spiraling down the road of abuse. When the government coordinates effectively with locals, legitimate pain clinics, and centers of rehabilitative care, it gives us the upper hand to right the wrongs that have been committed to our communities. We all suffer from it.”

Conversely, as quoted by Pain Medicine News, Dr. Cicero has his concerns regarding new policies enacted by the Floridian legislature, “The big concern I have with all of these whether legitimate patients are in some way being deprived of medications...the worry is that we’re going to make it so difficult for some legitimate patients to get pain medication that we will cut into the appropriate therapeutic use of these drugs.”

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient rehabilitation center that is committed to rescuing the victims of addiction, ushering them into the first steps of addiction treatment by purging the body of addictive substances. Harbor Village Detox is accredited by The Joint Commission and provides its clients with 24/7 continual care to stave off the debilitating effects of withdrawal.

As the pinnacle of inpatient rehabilitation center, Harbor Village Detox creates an atmosphere of tranquility and holistic grace for the initial progression to sobriety. Harbor Village furnishes each patient with gourmet meals, private bedrooms equipped with Netflix and an Xbox, full salon and spa services, all under the comfort of an expansive 30,000 sq. ft outdoor oasis with a serene pond and stargazing gazebo.

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