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Utah’s Prescription Pill Problem

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Utah’s department of health reported a “400% increase in deaths associated with misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.” Prescription drug overdose is one of the main causes of injury deaths in the Mormon state. It’s reported that an average of 21 residents in Utah die due to prescription pills every month.

Utah created a “Use Only as Directed prescription safety campaign” because it’s reported that 97% of adults in Utah have ingested prescription medication from a family member or friend without getting a prescription from a doctor.

Many conservative Mormons are not allowed to drink tea, coffee, alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take illegal drugs. However, prescription medications are legal, so many see them as being separate from illegal drugs.

In 2013, Utah ranked 8th highest in the U.S. among states for deaths from drug overdoses.

A report conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that prescription painkillers were being used by many kids in junior high and high school. Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agent Randy Lythgoe said, “it’s becoming an accepted thing to do in high school, because they (students) don’t associate danger with it.”

During a 2014 visit to Salt Lake City, Deputy White House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli said, “from the perspective of the White House, I think we know clearly that we can’t continue to arrest our way out of the problem, that we have to deal with addiction from a public health standpoint.”

It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a failure of morality. People do not choose to become addicted, but sometimes there is a stigma attached to addicts. Some people do not understand why an addict cannot simply stop because he wants to.

Prescription pill addiction can ruin peoples lives, and the lives of the people they love. It can cause relationship losses, social consequences, legal consequences, and death.

An addict needs medical help, and checking into our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center is the best place to start. We offer a specialized prescription drug addiction treatment program which involves private counseling, group therapy, as well as a holistic approach to healing.

Florida Pill Mill Doctor Incarcerated

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Dr. Thomas Rodenberg, a South Florida doctor was sentenced to 18 years incarceration for his part in a pill mill scheme in 2012.

Rodenberg was convicted of racketeering, trafficking oxycodone, conspiracy to traffic oxycodone, delivery of oxycodone, alprazolam, methadone, and hydrocodone. Rodenberg was arrested along with 10 other individuals in the Pompano Beach Medical facility.

“I thank the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding collaboration in helping bring this dangerous drug dealer to justice” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. She also stated prescription pill deaths are in decline because of law enforcement collaboration.

Although this was a clear victory for law enforcement, some think making prescription drugs harder to obtain will cause addicts to switch to heroin on the streets.

Florida has successfully closed many pill mills in the state, but the unfortunate consequence is drug dealers selling more black tar or Colombian brown heroin. Senior vice president of the drug treatment nonprofit WestCare Foundation said, “the new drug of choice is heroin because the market changed.”

Here at our Florida based drug treatment center, we have successfully treated many patients suffering from prescription drug addiction. Our knowledgeable staff will guide and educate you into a new life, free from addiction.

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