Iowa Drug Detox Centers

Iowa overdose rates have risen significantly over the past several years. Fortunately, Iowa offers several detoxification programs to help fight drug overdose and addiction and encourage a safe and effective recovery process in individuals.

The rate of drug overdose deaths in Iowa has quadrupled since 1999, according to the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). While the Hawkeye state still has the seventh lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, drug overdose deaths are on the rise, reports Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic. Prescription drugs in particular are a growing problem both in Iowa and throughout the United States; prescription drug overdose deaths now outnumber deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.

Iowa is proactively working to turn the tide against prescription drugs. The state has both a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and strict Doctor Shopping Laws. These laws prohibit patients from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their healthcare provider. As an additional “Doctor Shopping” prevention measure, prescriber education is required or recommended. The state also requires healthcare providers to have a bona fide relationship patient-physician relationship or to physically examine patients before prescribing a controlled substance. Iowa also participated in the Medicaid Expansion program, which helps expand coverage of substance abuse services and treatment. However, the state has yet to pass a “Good Samaritan Law”, which would provide a degree of immunity for individuals seeking treatment either for themselves or others who are experiencing a drug overdose.

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Iowa Drug Detox is the First Step to Sobriety

If you or a loved one is unable to stop using drugs, drug detox is an important first step towards sobriety. Prescription painkillers, heroin, cocaine and other drugs all have punishing withdrawal symptoms that can make it difficult and even unsafe to abruptly discontinue use without the supervision of a medical detox professional. Common withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, restlessness, fever and — in some cases — seizure. Drug detox treatment programs are designed specifically to help individuals safely overcome withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk for possible health complications.

Iowa is home to 13 drug detox centers that can help you or a loved one safely detox from drug use. These drug detox programs offer a variety of different treatment options to meet the needs of many different individuals.

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