Pill Mills Major Contributor To Prescription Drug Epidemic

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Pill mills in Broward County, FL are the new solution for illegal drug traffickers.

Narconon East US has been seeing an increasing number of people seeking help for prescription pain pill addiction. This is not surprising when one takes into account the skyrocketing numbers of new pain clinics in South Florida that has allowed prescription drug trafficking to go unchecked creating many new prescription pain pill addicts.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has reported South Florida Pill Mills are proliferating at an alarming rate. In 2007 there were only 4, in 2009 115 were in Broward County, Florida alone.

In Broward County Florida a Grand Jury was convened (Ref: http://static.cbslocal.com/station/wfor/files/Pill%20Mill%20Grand%20Jury.pdf) to investigate the huge increase in Pill Mills in South Florida. The top 25 dispensing doctors of Oxycodone in the Nation are located in Florida with 18 of them in Broward County. In 2008 all 50 of the top 50 doctors dispensing Oxycodone in the Nation were in Florida. The result is floods of new prescription pain pill addicts.

A Pill Mill is a pain clinic that "treats patient for pain" by dispensing large quantities of controlled substances for non-medical purposes. Typically they are rogue clinics putting out pills for cash. Patients seeking drugs go to these clinics faking illnesses and complaining of non-existent pain. After the doctor does an "exam" they then prescribe a 30 day cocktail of usually 4 different drugs. The patient then travels to another clinic and goes through the same "dance" obtaining more drugs. This allows drug dealers and traffickers to obtain enormous quantities of drugs and clinics to profit handsomely and plausibly deny any wrong doing.

Narconon East US provides effective drug rehabilitation in various clinics throughout the East US with three locations in Florida. As people have bee contacting Narconon seeking help for drug addiction the "new addict" is the prescription drug addict.

Prescription drugs as just as harmful as any other drug when abused. In fact, many prescription painkillers are extremely addictive and have serious side effects. The Narconon procedure fortunately handles the prescription drug addict just as it does the Heroin addict, however the unfortunate part is that legally operating clinics are the new source of addicts in our nation.

The Grand Jury in Broward County points out Florida was delinquent in enacting legislation authorizing a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 38 States had enacted such legislation and Florida was the largest State that had not despite it also having the top 50 of the nations top dispensing doctors of pain pills. This of course allowed Florida to be a safe haven for drug traffickers and thus they have flocked to Florida making Florida a High Intensity Drug Trafficking area.

Finally in July 2009 Florida enacted legislation, however, it doesn't go into effect until December 2010. Meanwhile more and more addicts are formed. Education about prescription drugs and their potential for abuse is essential.

Narconon East US offers drug prevention, education and drug rehabilitation services. If you would like more information on prescription drug abuse or the Narconon program contact Narconon at 877-237-3307.

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