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“We Should Continue to Provide Treatment to Addicts,” Drug Czar Says

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

The Miami Herald reported in Drug czar: Treat addiction as public health issue, on 7/18, that National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske told a group of 700 people at a conference that drug abuse is a brain disease and we should continue to provide treatment to addicts. Kerlikowske added the alarming fact that drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic crashes or gunshot wounds. "This is an unbelievably complex problem," he said.

Harbor Village, located in sunny South Florida, is equipped to help clients dependent on addictive drugs receive private drug treatment in an upscale, 24/7 medically supervised, state-of-the art environment. Every client staying at Harbor Village is greeted by luxury accommodations including a beautifully furnished suite with satellite television, over an acre of scenic outdoor lounge area, spa, salon, massage and acupuncture services, nutritious, gourmet dining and a personalized program designed for each client's specific problem.

According to Drug czar: Treat addiction as public health issue, Kerlikowske, said that medical marijuana isn't medicine and that it is difficult and takes a long time to prosecute doctors who run pill mills.

He added that there has been a 40% decrease in cocaine use since 2006 and, in some areas of our nation, declines in methamphetamine use. Also, prescription drug abuse is on the decline as the number of abusers dropped from 7 million in 2010 to 6.1 million in 2011.

Kerlikowske stated the cold statistics attributed to drug abuse. In 2010, 38,000 deaths were attributed to prescription drug overdoses. In the years 1981-2007, about 32,000 Americans died from gun violence, according to a University of Pennsylvania study. The U.S. Transportation Department reports figures that are similar for deaths caused by traffic accidents in 2011.

With prescription drugs becoming more difficult to obtain, heroin use is increasing. Kerlikowske said that many people don't understand the risks and often begin by “smoking or snorting the drug but that can lead to addiction and eventual use of needles. We should be very concerned," he said.

“Treatment is the best course of action for anyone suffering from drug abuse. Those suffering from any alcohol or drug-related issue should seek immediate help at a qualified detox center, said Robert Niznik, Harbor Village CEO.

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Harbor Village 
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