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Rx Drug Abuse Labeled Silent Killer: Claims Nearly 17,000 American Lives a Year; Novus Medical Detox Solution Involves Education and Governmental Support
Date:7/28/2014

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

Termed by the Michigan Osteopathic Association as “a silent killer,” prescription drug abuse causes more fatal overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined, and takes more than 16,500 lives a year. (1) Those who are particularly vulnerable to succumbing to prescription overdose are seniors (65 years of age and up), with many in this age group taking at least seven different medications daily. (2) Conversation regarding this growing epidemic was reawakened in the White House in the midst of July, which is national prescription interaction month. Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, expresses concern over the limited education of the effects of prescription drugs which lead to the deaths of so many Americans.

Multiple visits to different doctors (cardiologist, physician, kidney specialist, etc.) are partly to blame for seniors taking so many medications. Some medications prescribed by one doctor may combat the healing effects of a medication which was prescribed by another doctor. This is a likely correlation to the statement made by Duxbury—approximately 15 percent of all emergency room visits are related to medical reactions in seniors. (1)

“We have found that our senior patients are very susceptible to fall into prescription drug abuse due to a number of factors,” said Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “The root of this is an overprescribing of pills and medicines, but loneliness and depression also come into the equation when seniors are looking for a way out of feelings of despondency about their health problems.” However, recent studi
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