Oklahoma Drug Rehab Announces the Best Way to Push Back Against New Drug Trend

July 21, 2012

In 2012, the fastest growing trend in Oklahoma is abuse of prescription drugs, not the ones most people are used to but the right rehab program can handle either one.

Canadian, OK (PRWEB) July 21, 2012

When it comes to drug abuse in Oklahoma, most people have heard plenty about drinking and driving and homemade methamphetamine. While these problems are still sending people to drug rehabilitation centers around the state, the newest addition to the roster of drug problems is prescription drug abuse.

While some people may feel that prescription drug abuse is safer than using street drugs, they would be wrong. Prescription drug overdoses have been involved in many high profile deaths, including Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and the popular artist Thomas Kinkade.

Across the US, the distribution of prescription painkillers has reached astronomical levels. Each year, according to the Associated Press, there are 42 tons of pure hydrocodone (the main painkilling ingredient in Vicodin, Lortab and many others) and 69 tons of pure oxycodone (found in OxyContin and Percocet, among others) distributed to Americans.

How much of these drugs go to abuse rather than therapeutic use is not known. The rate of prescription painkiller abuse in Oklahoma was the highest in the country in 2010. The state also ranked in the top ten for overdose deaths. Every day of the year, an average of two Oklahomans died from overdoses of these drugs.

On January 1, 2012, Oklahoma pharmacies started being required to report all narcotics that are given out to customers. The State of Oklahoma demands that this report must be sent to state agencies within five minutes of the drugs being handed to the customer. This is a step in the right direction, but when a prescription is available to the patient because of overprescribing by the doctor, a prescription monitoring program may not be much help. It will also not help a person who buys drugs off the black market or who gets pills from someone else with a prescription.

Law enforcement and reports to state agencies will never be able to eliminate substance abuse and addiction. Much of the battle will be fought on a one-on-one basis, by helping a person lose the craving for these drugs through rehabilitation, or by preventing drug abuse from starting in the first place.

Both of these activities are in full force at the Narconon Arrowhead drug and alcohol rehabilitation and prevention center near McAlester, Oklahoma. Ever since the Narconon program came to Oklahoma in the early 1990s, those who had become addicted have learned how to achieve productive, enjoyable lives. It doesn´t take hundreds of meetings or the use of substitute medications that are themselves addictive. It takes rolling up one´s sleeves and showing those who may have lost everything to addiction how to rebuild that life from the ground up. It also takes extensive drug education, like the classes delivered to hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma schoolchildren over the past few years, by Narconon Arrowhead staff.

To ensure that it services Oklahomans with the best possible service, Narconon Arrowhead has been continually certified by the international Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services (CARF) and it has met or exceeded the state licensing requirements since 1992.

Find out more about how the Narconon Arrowhead program is helping people regain productive, enjoyable lives. Call today to start a new drug-free life for someone you care about. Call 1-800-468-6933 today.

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