FDA looking to Reduce Deaths from Prescription Pain Medication

Destin, Florida (PressExposure) June 30, 2009 -- According to Scott Finn of West Virginia Public Broadcast, in 2007 drug abuse overdoses killed more people in Wyoming County, West Virginia than car accidents, homicides and suicides combined. The number of accidental drug abuse overdoses in the United States doubled from about 11,000 in 1999 to more than 22,000 in 2005. Most of the increase is blamed on prescription pain medication.

Deaths from accidental drug overdose have become so big that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking action. FDA spokesperson, Judy Leon, explains, “These drugs (prescription pain medication) will be required to have a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy, what we call REM, to insure that the benefit of the drugs continue to outweigh the risks.” The new REMs plan could require patients to submit to drug tests or require a pill count where patients must bring to their doctor any unused pain medication. It also could require doctors to attend special training or even limit those who can prescribe certain pain medication.

According to Deborah Ross, cofounder and executive director of Narconon Gulf Coast, a world-class residential substance abuse rehabilitation facility, “It is great that the FDA is looking into ways to help slow the abuse of prescription pain medication. We see more and more people entering our drug rehabilitation center suffering from problems with prescription pain medication. However, people with drug abuse problems are needlessly dying and need help now. It is essential that people receive help not only from the uncontrollable cravings created by the previous drug use, but also from the mental and emotional damage produced by the lifestyle of drug abuse. Our program is designed to free individuals from the cravings for the drug while teaching them how to live a happy drug-free life. At Narconon Gulf Coast, our 90% success rate means that there is hope and an immediate solution for you or your loved one’s substance abuse problem.”

Narconon Gulf Coast is nestled on the beach in Destin, Florida. The facility is an exclusive center that is neat, clean, and comfortable. With a staff/student ratio of 1.4 staff for every student, those who attend the program receive true one-on-one care, support and attention. Get the help and support you need and deserve, call Narconon Gulf Coast at 800-253-3168. You may also e-mail them at info@narconongulfcoast.com or visit them on the web at http://www.narconongulfcoast.com. Addiction specialists are always available to help.

About Narconon Gulf Coast

Deborah Ross
Narconon Gulf Coast

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Press Release Submitted On: June 30, 2009 at 10:16 am
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