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Novus Detox Says Pill Mill Legislation Leaves Unpredicted Fatal Consequence for Communities
Date:9/20/2013

er the U.S., says that this is the unfortunate and unforeseen consequence of pill mill legislation without accompanying public education of alternative solutions.

“The heroin withdrawal process is so difficult, its abusers often avoid detox and rehab at all costs,” said Kent Runyon, Novus Executive Director. “But they don’t realize that they have options—without public education, people will likely continue abusing prescription drugs and then other illicit drugs such as heroin, even though they may wish to live a sober life.”

Runyon says that detox is the first step in helping people reclaim their lives from heroin addiction, but the key to stemming the rising heroin epidemic is through public education about the potential dangers of heroin abuse, including:

  • Heavy withdrawal symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and panic attacks;
  • Exposure to HIV and hepatitis (through intravenous use);
  • Liver and/or kidney disease; and
  • Heart infections.

“Losing their supply of prescription drugs from pill mills can increase an abuser’s compulsion to use—it doesn’t necessarily extinguish it,” said Runyon. “Heroin causes a ‘high’ similar to that of [opiate] prescription drugs, which is possibly why heroin abuse has surged recently. But for people who are struggling with addiction, we have to make it known that there is help available.”

Novus opened its doors with the purpose of fixing the detox process to ensure that anyone could overcome addiction comfortably. The detox center handles the toughest of drug and alcohol cases, many of which are rejected from other facilities as “too high a risk.”

The detox process has been historically a one-size-fits-all system where some were able to tough it out, but many were not. Novus’ proprietary I.V. vitamin cocktail is tailored to each individual’s needs to replenish nutrients lost during drug abuse, allowing them to treat
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