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WAISMANN METHOD® Director Encourages Public to Participate in National Take-Back Day
Date:4/25/2012

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a new report released today by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Administrative Director for WAISMANN METHOD® rapid detox treatment and Registered Addiction Specialist, Clare Waismann, is urging all Americans to turn in their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription painkiller medications on National Take-Back Day, April 28, 2012. The new government report based on data from 2009 to 2010, indicates that an alarming number of people who abuse prescription painkillers (more than 70 percent) obtain the drugs for free from their family or friends.  

"This new report really illustrates the importance of educating the public about the damaging impact of keeping unnecessary prescription painkillers in our homes, and why it's so vital to properly dispose of unused medications," said Waismann.  "In this study, as well as at our treatment center, we're seeing that prescription medications are not always safe left in family medicine cabinets because they can fall into the wrong hands. Many times adolescents and children begin experimenting with prescription drugs found at home, and can develop abuse or dependency issues very easily."

The prescription drug abuse issue has reached epidemic proportions; approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population 12 and older reported using prescription painkillers in the last 30 days, according to the study.  The data also shows that new and occasional abusers rely heavily on family and friends to acquire their drugs.  According to federal officials, abuse of prescription painkillers, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, and benzodiazepines are responsible for 11 deaths per day nationwide.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also stated a surge in opioid abuse was responsi
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