According to an article posted by the Sun Sentinel on July 19, 2013, two separate studies have shown that positive effects are being achieved by the Florida legislature’s crackdown on prescription pill abuse. One study, conducted by epidemiologist Jim Hall of the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities, revealed a decline in prescription drug overdose by 17 percent. “We are seeing the early signs of a decline in the consequences of prescription drug abuse,” Hall stated. The study attributes the decline to the combined efforts of legislation and law enforcement since 2011 through tougher regulations for pill mills, drug enforcement raids on clinics, stricter prescription-writing guidelines, and a prescription drug database.
Another study, conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has found that physicians are writing fewer prescriptions for addictive opioids. Physicians are now likely to prescribe more anti-inflammatory drugs and fewer powerful pain medications. This study credits the July 2011 Physician-Dispensing Ban for changing the way doctors approach pain management therapies. The ban prevents doctors from handing out highly addictive drugs, such as OxyContin or other opioids, in their own offices and requires them instead to write prescriptions that must be filled at pharmacies.
Phoenix Houses of Florida has stood with Florida legislators and law enforcement in working to help individuals overcome prescription pill addiction. With our three locations in Florida, Phoenix House is able to provide evidence-based services and treatment. Phoenix House Citra Center provides adult residential substance abuse treatment, along with services for co-occurring mental health issues. At our Tampa and Brandon facilities, we offer outpatient services to adults and adolescents delivered with professionalism and individualized care. Our goal at Phoenix House is to facilitate the rehabilitation of each individual’s mind and body.
If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, please contact us at 1 888 671 9392. We are always here to help.