Oxycontin Addiction Treatment in Pennsylvania

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Oxycontin Addiction Treatment in Pennsylvania Over nine years ago, countless residents and law enforcement individuals saw the dangers of OxyContin abuse first hand. They suspected this form of abuse was different from all other drug addictions seen previously. Nevertheless they refused to call it an epidemic and even under-estimated the devastating effect of the new phenomenon.

To get a glimpse of their belief, here's the excerpt of an article about OxyContin being the most common abused drug on the streets of Western Pennsylvania.

"Authorities expect to be fighting OxyContin abuse for at least another six to 12 months. But as the buzz begins about the next hot street drug, it's liable to just fade away."

OxyContin is just fashionable right now. It's sort of a fad drug. Predictions are that in a year or two the fad will pass and we'll have to worry about something else, said Leon Rodriguez, first assistant U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh.

As we all know that didn't happen and today, nine years later, OxyContin is still a formidable drug addiction that destroys lives, families and properties.

Some wonder whether or not there is enough emphasis and resources being utilized in the fight against drug abuse.

By Jonathan D. Silver, the writer of the article wrote: Although Pennsylvania has joined Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia on the short list of states with widespread OxyContin problems, no one is calling it an epidemic.

He again writes in that article with startling speed and sometimes deadly consequences, the prescription painkiller OxyContin has shifted from sensation to scourge in Western Pennsylvania.

"It just took off overnight," said Rod Miller, the chief detective in the Cambria County district attorney's office and a task force supervisor.

The users of OxyContin were reported to range from teens to 70 year old addicts. They were from Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, from private schools to low income neighborhoods.

In Johnstown, there were reports of pharmacy break-ins and strong-arm robberies where only OxyContin was taken. Addiction to OxyContin was described by those abusing it to be powerful and overwhelming.

One 20-year-old addict, was interviewed particularly for that article, described his addiction this way:

"On a regular day, a good day, I'd do up to about 250 milligrams a day, 300 easy" he said. Ten, 15 minutes after I'd wake up, I'd need something in me to get me down the stairs to talk to my wife and kid.

The "ground zero" zone for abuse in the article, printed 9 years ago, was Cambria County, which had seen at least eight OxyContin-related deaths since 1999, and running just ahead of Blair County's seven deaths according to the coroners in both counties. There also have been deaths attributed to OxyContin in Butler, Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Somerset counties.

These days, prescription drug abuse is one of the major reasons for a drug addict to check in to a rehab facility. Drug rehab facilities have learned and have changed a lot from 9 years ago. There are special programs in place within many drug rehab facilities dealing specifically with prescription drug abuse.

A Center for Addiction Recovery's prescription drug treatment program is one way of preventing an emergency crisis event for those suffering from substance dependency and increased tolerance for drugs like painkillers, prescription pills, opiates, and cocaine. Today, unintentional drug overdoses is still a growing phenomenon, and a serious health matter that has led to countless family tragedies and loss of loved ones. The notion of losing someone "whether it's a friend, a parent, a sibling, or a son or daughter" is a devastating one. It is for this reason that A Center for Addiction Recovery, a private drug and alcohol rehab center, has been dedicated for over ten years in providing addiction treatment services and programs for thousands of families nationwide, and has saved numerous lives as a result.

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