Citing Overdose and Addiction Concerns, FDA Issues New Rules for Painkiller Labeling

September 24, 2013

Passages Malibu comments on the need to confront the growing epidemic of opiate abuse in the US.

(PRWEB) September 24, 2013

In a September 10th story by CNN, it was reported that a person dies every 19 minutes from an overdose of prescription painkillers. In order to curtail the epidemic of opioid deaths in the US, which now exceed fatalities from illegal drug use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has invoked its authority to ensure that extended-release, long-acting opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone are labeled more appropriately.

To stem the tide of opioid abuse, FDA Commisioner Dr. Margaret Hamberg has required that labels for painkillers include text that states that the drugs should only be used if “alternative treatment options are inadequate.”

The final details of the new labeling requirement are expected to be unveiled by the end of this year.

“Our experience at Passages has shown that if individuals begin taking strong painkillers and have experienced traumatic events in their past, addictions are more likely to form,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. “We work to help people resolve and heal their past trauma and move forward with their lives. It’s also important to acknowledge that just because a doctor prescribes something, it doesn’t make it safe. Both legal and illegal substances have the potential for misuse and abuse.”

At Passages Malibu – Addiction Ends Here™

About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two drug & alcohol abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 step/AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing a holistic program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and each have earned the coveted Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the "Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out" by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs and high-powered professionals among its clients.”

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

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