Narconon Arrowhead Sees Increase In Methadone Addicted Clients in 2007

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Methadone addicted clients seek out alternative methods to dangerous Substitute Medications

Reports continue to surface across the country about the increasing deaths associated with methadone. A story from the Tulsa World said that methadone-related deaths have nearly tripled since 2001. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said that prescription drug-related deaths are down in the area across the board, except for those involving methadone, in which the number has doubled since last year.

In a few areas, methadone has become the most lethal drug, such as Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that there were no methadone-related deaths in 1995, but last year there were 113.

"One would think that given the thousands of deaths caused by this legal drug every year, there might be more public scrutiny over it," says Ryan Thorpe, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and Admission Director for Narconon Arrowhead.

While a special report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) attributes the increase in deaths to the rise in number of prescriptions for it as a painkiller rather than a substitute for heroin, the amount given to patients has gone up in both categories, and so has the availability on the street.

Nevertheless, some states are looking to tighten regulations on methadone clinics, where the drug is dispensed to addicts on a daily basis. In states such as Oklahoma, most methadone clinics are for-profit businesses and not non-profit rehabilitation centers, and they do not have to uphold the same standards as a drug treatment facility.

"The fact of the matter is that methadone is a highly toxic substance," claims Thorpe, "People looking to overcome an opiate addiction shouldn't take another opiate or opiate derivative. It might benefit people dealing with chronic pain issues to look for other alternatives to this drug."

"Narconon Arrowhead is excited to announce that we are seeing an increase in enrollment for methadone addicted clients seeking alternative treatment not based off of substitute medication. Many of our clients enrolled in 2007 have tried substitute medication in the past and were not wholly satisfied with the results," added Thorpe.

Narconon Arrowhead is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education facilities in the country. Its comprehensive approach was researched and developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, and approximately 70% of program graduates go on to lead drug-free lives through a full, successful recovery.

For more information on methadone and other drugs, or to get help for a loved one in need, call Narconon Arrowhead at 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com .

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