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The Waismann Method Reflects on 2009: The Year of the Prescription Painkiller
Date:12/23/2009

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- This entire year was marked by an abundance of media coverage and attention surrounding prescription painkillers, largely the result of widespread misuse throughout Hollywood. Over the past 12 months, several high-profile celebrities have been linked to prescription medications including Steven Tyler, Lindsay Lohan and, Courtney Love, while autopsies for Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, DJ AM, and Heath Ledger all found that drugs played a major role in untimely and unfortunate deaths. Furthermore, new study findings released in 2009 demonstrate a growing number of people--including teens, military personnel and women in their 20s--are abusing prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and Percocet.

The Waismann Method, a pioneering medical opiate detoxification procedure, has continued to dedicate itself to educate people on the dangerous and potential fatal effects of painkillers, and plans to maintain its effort to spread awareness about alternative treatments available for those who may be facing issues with dependency.

"Regardless of what many think, prescription painkiller abuse is not a new trend," said Clare Kavin, administrative director of the Waismann Method. "For the past several years, we've seen a significant increase in opiate use. As these drugs become more widely accepted by the public, we have a responsibility to ensure education is accessible and available."

As A-list stars continue to make headlines with their prescription drug use scandals and speculations, it has become clear that these pills, which can be easily found in everyday medicine
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