New Jersey Drug Detox Centers

Across the nation, state lawmakers are gearing up for a fight against prescription drug abuse after recognizing the growing problem of addiction and overdose.  In New Jersey, prescription drug overdose rates have increased by 51% since 1999.  Each year, 9.8 per 100,000 New Jersey residents suffer fatal overdoses from drugs.  Commonly abused prescription medications include benzodiazepines (such as Xanax or Valium), sedatives (such as Ambien), and painkillers (such as morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone).

State Laws to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Trenton lawmakers are keenly aware of the need to curtail the abuse of prescription drugs.  As a result, they have enacted several laws to crack down on people abusing the medical system to get extra prescriptions.  For example, New Jersey’s “doctor shopping laws” make it illegal for a person to lie to a medical provider about existing prescriptions.  Furthermore, state lock-in programs require Medicaid recipients suspected of prescription drug abuse to use a single physician and pharmacy to receive their medications.

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New Jersey has also enacted measures designed to increase support for individuals struggling with prescription drug use.  For example, Medicaid Expansion increases access to prescription drug treatment programs.  Another law makes the anti-overdose drug naloxone more readily available to laypeople, which could reduce rates of fatal overdose.

Importance of Undergoing Drug Detox

Prescription medications are able to cross into the brain to exert their effects.  As a result of chronic prescription drug use, the brain’s reward centers gradually become required to crave the drug.  Over time, more and more of the drug is needed to get the same effects.  When a person tries to cut off use of the drug, the brain initiates a series of unpleasant side effects.  These often include trouble sleeping, anxiety, depressed mood, appetite changes, or irritability.  In addition to being unpleasant to deal with, these side effects can actually be medically dangerous for some people.

This is why it is so important for prescription drug users to undergo detoxification in a professional treatment facility.  The observation of medical personnel ensures that you remain safe until the withdrawal process is over.

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