WAISMANN METHOD® Medical Director Recognizes Patient Trend and Suggests Strategies to Address Potential Dependency Issues
Orange, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/05/2014 --New data suggests the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s crackdown on Hydrocodone prescriptions has positively affected painkiller-related deaths, with a 5 percent decrease. However, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin deaths have doubled in the past two years, leading Michael H. Lowenstein M.D., medical director for the Waismann Method treatment for opiate dependence, to believe prescription painkiller legislation may lead to a “win, lose” situation without prevention and treatment strategies in place.
According to the CDC, three out of four new heroin users report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin. With federal law now limiting access to painkiller refills and the potential for higher medical fees, there is an even greater fear opiate dependent patients will graduate to heroin, as the cheaper and more accessible option.
Dr. Lowenstein has recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of heroin users he has treated. To reverse the growing heroin trend, he suggests the following targeted prevention and treatment strategies:
Patient Education: Not everyone prescribed opioids will become dependent; but biological and environmental risk factors can increase the likelihood of abuse. It is important that both prescribing doctors and pharmacists do a thorough job of explaining the risks of using opiate medication including the factors that could lead to becoming addicted.
Physician Education: Developing opiate dependence is a common occurrence in pain management. It is vital for prescribing physicians to understand that all patients are at risk and should be closely monitored. In addition to being able to recognize signs of opiate dependency, doctors who prescribe opiates need to be able to identify patients at risk for becoming addicted, which can help ensure responsible prescribing.
Closer Patient Supervision: New legislation requires patients who are prescribed Hydrocodone to visit their doctor every 30 days for refills. While this presents challenges to some patients in need of the medication, mandating that doctors keep a closer eye on patients could mean medication abuse warning signs are identified earlier so the problem can be promptly treated, often resulting in higher treatment success rates.
About Dr. Michael Lowenstein
Dr. Michael Lowenstein has been the Medical Director for Waismann Method® for over 15 years and is considered to be an international authority on opiate addiction. Dr. Lowenstein is board-certified in Addiction Medicine, Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Most recently, Dr. Lowenstein completed a fellowship and earned board certification in Anti-aging, Restorative and Regenerative Medicine to enhance his understanding and treatment of the effects of opioid use on the brain and other body systems.
About Waismann Method® Treatment
Waismann Method has been recognized as a premier opiate treatment since 1999, specializing in rapid opiate detox and utilizing the most advanced medical techniques available to treat opiate addiction. Waismann Method offers a variety of programs from rapid opiate detox under sedation to medically assisted detoxification at their exclusive Southern California location. We also offer other forms of addiction treatment at an exclusive after-care facility called Domus Retreat.
Our doctors, therapists and staff work with patients from all over the world to create personalized treatment and aftercare plans designed to ensure a healthy and effective transition to a life without opiates. Our exceptional medical care and reputation, our unparalleled medical and post detox treatment and our 24/7 attention to each patient’s needs set us apart in the industry. Waismann Method patients achieve an extraordinarily high success rate and thousands of patients have been effectively treated using our method.
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