And we are only able to help the ones who arrive in time. It is not unusual for us to follow-up on a case hoping to help them arrive, only to learn they have passed away from an overdose.
Spring Hill, FL (PRWEB) March 01, 2012
Suncoast Rehabilitation Center and Narconon Drug Rehab Executive Director, Tammy Strickling, speaks out with grave concerns over the recent news that Pharmaceutical companies are in the final stages of developing a prescription pain killer 10X Stronger than Vicodin. With the dramatic increase in the large numbers of fatal painkiller overdoses, Strickling asks, “Why the need for another painkiller?”
According to a story by Amanda Mikelberg in the New York Daily News and picked up by The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, December 27, 2011, four drug companies have begun patient testing. The San Diego based pharmaceutical firm Zogenix plans to begin marketing its product, Zohyadro, in early 2013. The other three companies Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, and Egalet are developing their own versions of the super-powered painkiller.
Data reported by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows emergency room visits related to hydrocodone spiked from 19,221 in 2000 to 86,258 in 2009. Hydrocodone is listed among the group of drugs including morphine, oxycodone, codeine, heroin and methadone. These drugs are all chemically similar to opium.
The U.S. consumes 99 percent of the world's hydrocodone and 83 percent of its oxycodone, according to a 2008 study by the International Narcotics Control Board and according to federal figures, treatments for the abuse of prescription painkillers have risen 430 percent over the last 10 years.
“I share the concerns of other addiction experts about the potential of further abuse with this new drug, especially in light of the existing prescription drug abuse statistics and fatal overdoses. I assist with addicts every day who are working to recover from the highly addictive prescription painkillers currently on the market. We are only able to help the ones who arrive in time. It is not unusual for us to follow-up on a case hoping to help them arrive, only to learn they have passed away from an overdose,” says Strickling, Suncoast Rehabilitation Center and Narconon Drug Rehab Executive Director.
Opiates block pain but also unleash intense feelings of well-being and can create physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms can be intense, causing cramps, diarrhea, muddled thinking, nausea and vomiting. After a while, opiates stop working, forcing users to take stronger doses. Critics are especially concerned that even though Zohydro will be manufactured in a time-release form intended for use in treating moderate to severe pain, the pills could be easily crushed for an instantaneous high - or a deadly overdose.
Anyone struggling with prescription drug addiction can call 1-800-511-9403 for help. All calls are confidential.
Suncoast Rehabilitation Center & Narconon Drug Rehab has an outstanding success rate of 76% of graduates achieving recovery from addiction. Suncoast graduates are followed up with regularly. The answer to this high rate of success lies with their experienced staff and use of the Narconon program. The Narconon program not only detoxifies the addict’s body from drug and alcohol toxins and thereby eliminates cravings; they also train their students on specific life skills courses that address why they began to abuse drugs or alcohol. The student leaves Suncoast alcohol or drug-free and with new life skills and knowledge with which to handle life's problems.
About Suncoast Rehabilitation Center & Narconon Drug Rehab
Suncoast Rehabilitation Center & Narconon Drug Rehab, located in Spring Hill, Florida, is a private non-profit agency that is licensed by the State of Florida. The Rehab is dedicated to expanding their drug education and prevention efforts so new addicts are not made while daily assisting those in their alcohol drug rehab program to overcome the agony caused by substance abuse so they can again live happy and productive lives without drugs. The Narconon drug rehabilitation and education program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez and uses the drug-free rehabilitation and social education methodology based on research developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. Narconon is dedicated to eliminating drug abuse and drug addiction through drug prevention, education and rehabilitation. If you or someone you know needs help with an alcohol or drug abuse problem, call a certified counselor day or night for real help now at 1-800-511-9403 or http://www.suncoastrehabcenter.com.
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