Utah Drug Detox Centers
Utah has the eighth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, according to a new report, Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic. This high overdose mortality rate is due primarily to the widespread abuse of prescription drugs, which is now a national epidemic. Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed in the last decade; today, prescription drugs cause more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine. Fifty Americans die each day from prescription drug overdoses and more than 6 million suffer from prescription drug addiction.
Utah is taking several important steps to help curb prescription drug epidemic. The state has a Prescription Drugs Monitoring Program (PDMP) and anti-doctor shopping laws, which prohibit patients from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their provider. The state’s physical exam requirement requires healthcare providers to physically examine patients or have a bona fide patient-physician relationship before prescribing a controlled substance. Utah also permits pharmacists to require an ID prior to dispensing a controlled substance. The state recommends prescriber education for healthcare providers so prescribers can better understand how medications are being misused and are positioned to identify patients that are in need of treatment. Finally, under Utah’s Medicaid program, individuals suspected of misusing controlled substances can be required to use a single prescriber and pharmacy, which helps curb access to prescription drugs and also reduces the likelihood of doctor shopping.
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Drug Detox is the First Step to Sobriety
A drug detox program is the first step to long-term sobriety. Medically supervised drug detox is essential to managing the challenging withdrawal symptoms associated with prescription painkillers, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. Common withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms can be incredibly challenging to manage without professional assistance. A medical drug detox team is specially trained to help individuals through the withdrawal process, which increases the likelihood for treatment success.