Oregon Drug Detox Centers

Many Americans think of Oregon as a healthy state with cyclists and lovers of the outdoors. Although this is partially true, Oregon also struggles to control its growing problems with prescription drug abuse. Overall, Oregon has the 21st highest drug overdose rate in the nation, with 12.9 per 100,000 people dying each year from overdose. This rate has doubled since 1999, representing a startling increase in the use of prescription medications. Although many medications have addictive potential, the most commonly abused drugs include oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, Xanax, Valium, and Ambien.

Oregon Measures to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Oregon has begun cracking down on individuals visiting multiple doctors to seek several prescriptions. For example, the state’s doctor shopping laws make it illegal for a patient to lie about existing medical prescriptions to a physician. Laws also require a physician to perform a physical examination before provide a prescription medication. Furthermore, pharmacists may ask to see a person’s ID before providing a controlled substance. Oregon lawmakers have also made it easier for laypeople to receive naloxone, a prescription drug that counteracts the effects of a drug overdose, which may reduce drug-related fatalities.

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Why Seek Services from a Drug Detox Center?

Understanding the physiological effects of drugs underscores the importance of receiving treatment in a professional facility. Prescription medications affect the brain, acting on a particular brain area consider the “reward center.” Activation of this reward center causes craving for the drug and leads to many drug-seeking behaviors. When a person tries to quit cold turkey, the reward center goes into overdrive and actives other brain regions that lead to withdrawal symptoms. During withdrawal, a person may feel chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, irritability, and fatigue.

Fortunately, medical attention can alleviate some of the more unpleasant side effects associated with withdrawal. Furthermore, psychological professionals can teach strategies to deal with cravings and create new choices in your life. Entering a professional detox program is the best way to get through the withdrawal process without damaging your recovery.

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