America’s Stigma Around Methadone Puts Drug Addicts at an Increased Risk for Fatal Overdose

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Harbor Village comments on the use of methadone and other synthetic opiates to save lives, in response to Vox’s recent article.

In light of recent research supporting synthetic opiate replacement treatments, more drug rehabilitation and treatment centers are employing methadone to combat the growing number of patients who relapse and die from overdose.

The perennial debate between proponents of an abstinence based 12 step program style treatment argue that those who are for the use of a methadone and suboxone program for substance abusers of narcotics and alcohol are enabling addicts to continue to abuse drugs. However, it’s been proven that methadone and suboxone, which are synthetic opiate based medications designed to compact opiate drug use, save lives and prevent drug addicts from overdosing. These synthetic opiates satisfy the biological need for substance abusers to feel normal, without giving them the euphoric high of heroin, or the adverse effects of illicit drugs. Methadone and suboxone are methods of weaning addicts off of dangerous illicit drugs. Harbor Village Detox is a detoxification treatment center that offers their patients outpatient rehabilitation after detoxification treatment. They serve substance abusers nationwide, and offer halfway house programs to ensure the continued treatment of their patients.

According to Vox on Feb. 2nd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute on Drug Abuse recognize the medical value of these synthetic opiates to combat drug addiction and abuse. Victims of substance use disorders may also benefit from like medicines down the line.

Vox reports that out of a survey of 1,000 United States adults, 40 percent of those polled stated that drugs that are opiate based pose a greater threat of danger than they are helpful to drug addicts. 24 percent of those polled affirmed that methadone and like drugs are helpful to substance abusers, and about 36 percent of responders were uncertain if opiate medicines to combat abuse were effective.

Vox quotes the Huffington Post, who gives an assessment of untrained medical rehabilitation workers who adhere to the stringent objective of the 12 step program, those remaining “loyal to ‘intervention techniques that employ confrontation and coercion- techniques that contradict evidence-based practice.’ Those with ‘a strong 12 step orientation’ tended to hold research-supported approaches in low regard.”

In light of recent research supporting synthetic opiate replacement treatments, more drug rehabilitation and treatment centers are employing methadone to combat the growing number of patients who relapse and die from overdose. A Harbor Village associate said, “What some people don’t seem to quite grasp is that one who has been away from heroin for a prolonged period of time- in treatment- is going to have a lower tolerance for the drug. So in the event that they relapse, a fatal overdose is more likely to occur. If we can avoid fatalities among those who are seeking help for their addictions, there is no reason to deny those persons treatment with an effective drug that is literally saving lives.”

Harbor Village Detox is committed to the continued health of their patients, and employs the use of methadone and suboxone to treat patients suffering from substance use disorders. The facility specializes in purging the body of illicit substances, and is the first line of care in the successful treatment of drug addicts. The facility serves substance and alcohol abusers across the nation, and is located in sunny South Florida. The facility is furnished with lush spa amenities, 24/7 medical treatment, private bedrooms, and provides patients with therapy. For those who graduate the program, Harbor Village Detox recommends patients for continued care, including outpatient rehabilitation, and sober living halfway house programs.

For more information about Harbor Village and their extended inpatient medical detox, sober halfway house, and outpatient rehabilitation programs, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call
1-855-290-4261.

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