CDC Links Opiate Addiction and Subsequent HIV, Hepatitis C Infections with Injection Use

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Harbor Village Detox comments on WLRN’s recent article warning of the dangers of opiate intravenous use and contracting deadly diseases like HIV.

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Needle exchange programs are not an issue of whether it’s right or wrong- it’s about keeping public health in higher regard than our emotional persuasions.

In a recent article published by WLRN on April 24th the CDC reports those suffering from the heroin epidemic (as active users of heroin and opiate based addictive substances) who inject opiate based drugs are more likely to contract and spread HIV and Hepatitis C. Research has been spurred by the recent HIV outbreak in Indiana. The outbreak has been directly attributed to intravenous injection of oxymorphone; the opiate based substance is typically used as an oral painkiller, and is branded as “Opana.” 85 percent of those who contracted HIV also caught hepatitis C.

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center in Florida who offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment to the entire United States. In response to the recent outbreak of infectious diseases as a result of addiction, the drug and alcohol treatment center in Florida asserts more harm reduction programs and addiction treatment services should be available, regardless of the political backlash. An associate from the addiction detox center comments:

“It’s absurd what’s happened in Indiana- and it can easily happen anywhere else in the country where patients with untreated substance use disorders don’t have access to needle exchange programs. States don’t want them because the mass populace doesn't understand the critical importance of giving substance abusers a safe means to use drugs. Needle exchange programs are not intended to promote drug use- those with untreated addictions will use drugs because it’s a physical and mental disease.

“It’s our responsibility to get them treatment, but also to allow them to safely go through the process of addiction by giving them access to clean needles, so they don’t contract deadly diseases, and subsequently spread them to the rest of the drug populace and everyday people.

“Needle exchange programs are not an issue of whether it’s right or wrong- it’s about keeping public health in higher regard than our emotional persuasions.”

Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox center in Florida offering patients a coupling of holistic healing and effective drug and alcohol treatment within the safety of 24 hour medically monitored family oriented surrounding. Their lush tropical amenities include daily gourmet meals, full spa and salon services, medically assisted drug treatment, and private furnished rooms equipped with Netflix and Xbox.

The addiction detox center in Florida offers patients cognitive behavioral therapy to redress the underlying causes of addiction. Patients work extensively with life coaches to create customized treatment plans for their careers, home lives, and residential living before they graduate from drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

For more information on the inpatient medical detox facility visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call (855) 767-8285 directly.

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