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Early Indicators Evidence Efforts to Curb Rx Drug Abuse May be Working - Novus Medical Detox Applauds Progress, Encourages Further Efforts.

A recent USA today article highlighted the reduction of prescription drug deaths and habitual users in recent years, prompting Novus Medical Detox to say the article sheds light on the positive effect of comprehensive drug education combined with steadfast activism.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- According to a report released in early October by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in 2012, the latest year data are available, the number of deaths from prescription painkillers dropped 5% to 16,007 (1) C a decrease which some attribute to increased efforts nationwide to curtail the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, maintains that the findings are an encouragement in the fight against drug abuse, but also indicate that more work remains to be done. As such, Novus encourages public education that refutes the belief that some say is held by many abusers of prescription drugs: that they are safer than their illegal, illicit counterparts.

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While the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that "the number of people who abuse prescription drugs dropped to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, those numbers are still more than double the number of people who report using heroin, cocaine and hallucinogens combined" (1) C prompting Novus Executive Director, Kent Runyon, to iterate what many healthcare professionals have said before:

"Abusers of prescription drugs, many of them young adults, often mistakenly believe that because the drugs are legal, they are safe C a line of thinking that doesn't bode well for the safety and health of the American public," said Runyon. "This seemingly widespread assumption necessitates the need to involve the public, on a national level, in drug prevention education that truly delineates the dangers caused by prescription drug abuse."

According to Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the DEA in Phoenix, AZ, 80% of heroin users say that they abused prescription drugs before turning to heroin (2). Considering that among 12- to 25-year-olds only alcohol and marijuana are abused more than prescription drugs (1), Runyon adds that it is highly probably that many young adults who currently abuse prescription drugs will ultimately turn to illicit drugs in search of a cheaper, yet stronger and faster high C reportedly, one street bag of heroin can cost as little as $10, far less than the $80 needed for one OxyContin pill. (3)

Although the rates of prescription drug abuse are seemingly decreasing among Americans, Novus executives maintain that more action is necessary in order to have a significant impact on America's substance abuse and addiction concerns. According to Runyon, the widespread availability of prescription drugs is inadvertently influencing the addiction and drug-related overdoses plaguing U.S. society-people are unwittingly becoming addicted to these medications, and many don't realize until too late that the addiction has already taken hold.

Runyon adds that the public needs the following resources in order to begin using RX drugs wisely and responsibly, when necessary:

- There must be a go-to source that quickly and easily provides info on what the substance can do to them and their body before they consider taking the drug.

- In regards to prescription drugs, people are often mostly concerned about their ability to help maintain a person's quality of life - so the education should take into consideration the quality of life that could deteriorate due to abusing the RX drug, such as a potential increased risk of addiction.

- Tips on how to ask physicians and pharmacists about different prescription medications. Questions could range from what type of drug it is and its addictive qualities, to how they get detoxed or off of it if needed or other health issues that could result.

- The source needs to be comprehensive and in layman's terms so people can easily access it and understand it. This will help to hold not only consumers accountable for their actions, but healthcare professionals as well.

Due to the fact that an abrupt discontinuation of prescription drugs is highly discouraged as this approach is dangerous, Novus encourages those who are struggling with any abusive substance(s) to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs with integrated medicine that allows the detox process to be as comfortable as possible for maximum results.

Novus has remained vocal in the fight against substance abuse, and its officials maintain that comprehensive drug education for all U.S. residents can help to significantly reduce the number of Americans using drugs. With regard to the use of prescription drugs, Novus is pushing for stricter policies that govern public access to these substances.

For more information on Novus Medical Detox's addiction and detox programs, visit www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment-putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit www.novusdetox.com.

1. Rudavsky, Shari. "Activists Tackle Scourge of Prescription Drug Abuse." N.p., 18 Oct. 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/18/activists-tackle-prescription-drug-abuse/17517189/.

2. Millard, Jesse A. "Text Prescription Drug-abuse Tips to DEA." N.p., 22 Oct. 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/10/22/dea-tip-service-targets-prescription-drug-abuse-abrk/17728225/.

3. Cohen, Noah. "Hundreds Arrested in North Jersey Anti-heroin Effort, Bergen Prosecutor Says." NJ.com. N.p., 3 June 2014. Web. 19 June 2014. nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/Ci2014/06/Cimore_Cithan_325_arrested_in_north_jersey_anti-heroin_effort_bergen_prosecutor_says.html.

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