Although the rates of prescription drug abuse—specifically opioids (Vicodin and OxyContin)—are increasing among Americans, the federal government is struggling with ensuring that access to these painkillers is not unreasonably restricted to the 100 million Americans diagnosed with chronic pain. (2) Novus supports the efforts of the federal government on this issue, but maintains that more action is necessary in order to have a significant impact on America’s overdosing.
Novus offers the following tips for taking medications:
? Ask for a detailed explanation about the side effects that medications will cause in relation to mitigating one’s symptoms.
? Carry a list of the medications you’re currently taking, and inquire about chemical reactions or other possible interactions which may occur when they are mixed with a new medication.
? Carefully follow directions; be sure to take all medications in the exact way in which they were prescribed. Turn on a light at night so that you are able to see that you’re taking the correct amount.
? If you are being prescribed a scheduled narcotic, ask your doctor what the risks of becoming addicted are, and what to do if this happens.
“Unless action on behalf of the federal government is taken in conjunction with education and preventative and comprehensive counseling, as well as customized rehabilitation programs, America will continue to feed a non-healing wound with these often fatal drugs,” says Novus CEO Kent Runyon.
Novus offers the first step in the rehabilitation process, which includes:
? Nutrition and vitamin protocols that greatly reduces the discomfort from withdrawal pain;
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