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2014
Feb7
Heroin Overdose & Addiction: Exacerbated by Guilt, Shame & Blame

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – In light of a recently published NPR report stating the harrowing death toll caused by heroin, Waismann Method(R) Medical Group calls for awareness and humane treatment. We believe that confidence and self-esteem are the best approach in combating heroin abuse and preventing overdose. […]


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2013
Dec31
Getting Mommy Off Drugs

Recovery Method Hits Addicts Where It Hurts Sheila never imagined her stress-related migraines would end up making her a pill-popping junkie. The Ventura County mother of three started getting headaches and having trouble sleeping due to the unending juggle of going to college for a teaching degree and raising newborn twins. For her symptoms, her […]


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2013
Dec23
Waismann Method® Rapid Detox Responds to Mental and Substance Disorder Report

As mental illness in Hollywood once more takes the spotlight, and new information is published indicating that mental disorders and substance abuse are the leading cause of nonfatal illnesses, Waismann Method® can help. According to an article published by The Lancet on August 29, 2013, entitled, “Global burden of disease attributable to mental and substance […]


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2013
Nov26
Waismann Method® Rapid Detox Program Addresses Heroin Epidemic

ORANGE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Doctors and staff of the Waismann Method® rapid detox program, have been assisting patients that are caught in this escalating heroin epidemic in the U.S. Opiate abuse in general is at unprecedented levels in our country, and there have been sharp increases in the number of heroin overdoses […]


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2013
Nov6
FDA Hydrocodone Restrictions Lead to Illegal Drug Use? Rapid Detox the Solution?

  With the FDA set to reclassify hydrocodone pills as a Schedule II drug, Waismann Method rapid detox is glad to see the addictive drug correctly classed. However, they also worry about the increased potential for the illegal trade, and hope people fighting addiction get help. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – In response […]


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2013
Oct31
FDA Approves Opioid Zohydro Without Abuse-Deterrent Formula

By Rheyanne Weaver Created 10/31/2013 – 06:09 A new powerful painkiller called Zohydro was approved by the FDA last week, yet many experts are concerned about the new opioid’s lack of ingredients that deter people from abusing it. This approval comes during a time when prescription drug abuse is notoriously high, and other drug makers have been […]


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2013
Oct4
Waismann Method® Medical Director Calls for Universal Standard of Care for Rapid Detox Safety

New CDC Report Reveals Lack of Regulation as Cause for Increased Danger to Patients BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 3, 2013 –/PRNewswire/ – In response to recent news, including a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report noting severe adverse effects associated with rapid detox programs inNew York, Waismann Method® Medical Director Dr. Michael Lowenstein is calling for the creation of […]


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2013
Aug29
Waismann Method® Director Praises New York for Innovative Program Aimed to Curb Prescription Painkiller Abuse

  Beverly Hills, Calif. (August 29, 2013) – In response to the launch of the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing (I-STOP), a new program that requires New York-based physicians to review the medical histories of patients prior to prescribing opiate painkillers, Waismann Method® Administrative Director Clare Waismann has called the first-of-its-kind program a groundbreaking […]


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2013
Jun5
WAISMANN METHOD® Medical Director Urges Immediate Action to End Prescription Painkiller Overdose Epidemic

  Beverly Hills, Calif. (June 5, 2013) – In response to data showing one person dies every 19 minutes in the U.S. from a prescription drug overdose, Michael H. Lowenstein M.D., medical director for the WAISMANN METHOD® opiate treatment, is urging Americans to grasp the severity of the prescription drug epidemic and help to raise […]


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2013
May2
WAISMANN METHOD® Director Urges Immediate Action to Combat Heroin Use Epidemic

Beverly Hills, Calif. (May 2, 2013) – The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently published its 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, reporting that a surge in heroin use across the nation has particularly affected young adults living in suburban and rural areas. Based on these findings, Clare Waismann, registered addiction specialist and administrative director […]


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2013
Mar18
WAISMANN METHOD® Medical Director Urges for Tighter Restrictions and Enforcement of Opiate Drug Regulations Nationwide

  Beverly Hills, Calif. – According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths in the United States increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010 with nearly 60 percent of the deaths involving prescription drugs.  In response to these findings, Dr. Michael Lowenstein, medical director for […]


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2013
Feb4
WAISMANN METHOD® Director Urges Physicians to Curb Hydrocodone Prescriptions

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Following recommendations from an advisory panel to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposing tighter restrictions on hydrocodone drugs, for example Vicodin, Norco and Lortab, Clare Waismann , registered addiction specialist and administrative director for the WAISMANN METHOD ® opiate treatment, is urging doctors nationwide […]


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2013
Jan2
WAISMANN METHOD® Medical Director Expresses Concern about Shift in Opioid Drug Use

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.– An “abuse-proof” formulation of OxyContin may have helped reduce the number of patients abusing the drug, but Dr. Michael Lowenstein , medical director for WAISMANN METHOD ® opiate detoxification and treatment, is voicing alarm at recent data showing it may have consequentially resulted in a sharp increase in heroin and other opioid drug use. “After the […]


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2012
Jun20
Addiction, prescription painkillers and chronic pain management in pro wrestling

Some wrestling fans and most of the general public don’t appreciate or can’t comprehend the lifestyle of a professional wrestler. It’s not just a few hours of television shows per week.There are house shows, media appearances and travel. Lots of travel.There’s little time to work out and stay in shape. And there’s even less time […]


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2012
Jun8
'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood admits to another suicide attempt

    Just days after getting a five-year prison sentence for quitting her court-ordered drug treatment program, “Teen Mom” star Amber Portwood is speaking out about her problems — including another suicide attempt – from behind bars. The reality personality is serving time for her felony possession and domestic battery charges. Madison County Sherrif’s Dept. “I […]


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2012
May9
WAISMANN METHOD® Medical Director Voices Support for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Beverly Hills, Calif. (May 9, 2012) – Medical Director for WAISMANN METHOD® rapid opiate detox treatment and pain management specialist, Dr. Michael Lowenstein, announced his support for National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, taking place on May 12, 2012. An increasing number of fibromyalgia patients are being prescribed opiate painkillers to address their chronic pain symptoms, which […]


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2012
Apr25
WAISMANN METHOD® Director Encourages Public to Participate in National Take-Back Day

Beverly Hill, Calif. (PRWEB) April 25, 2012 Following a new report released today by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Administrative Director for WAISMANN METHOD® rapid detox treatment and Registered Addiction Specialist, Clare Waismann, is urging all Americans to turn in their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription painkiller medications on National Take-Back Day, […]


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2012
Apr19
April 28th marks National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

More than 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers are prescribed by doctors each year, many of which produce leftovers that lurk in medicine cabinets. Regrettably, a number of these painkillers end up in the wrong hands, promoting addiction and triggering serious health consequences. “Many people receive prescriptions from their doctors but may not use them […]


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2012
Apr18
Survey Gives Insight Into Substance Abuse Among Older Adults

A spotlight has been put on older adults misusing drugs and alcohol, and a new survey sheds some light on this growing issue in the United States. Results from a survey conducted by the Hanley Center, a drug and alcohol treatment and recovery center, suggest depression and anxiety are the main reasons for older adults […]


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2012
Mar12
Meds Not to Mix: Your Guide to Taking OTC Drugs Safely

With all the meds on the market these days, it’s tough to keep straight what is safe to take and what isn’t unless there’s an MD at the end of your name. Here, the way prescriptions, OTC pills, and even food can interact with each other. Grapefruit Juice and OTC Antihistamine, Fexofenadine (Allegra) A study […]


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2012
Jan18
Why Energy Drinks and Prescription Drugs Shouldn’t Mix

A recent federal report said emergency room visits linked to energy drinks increased tenfold between 2005 and 2009, jumping from about 1,000 to 13,000 per year. It’s not shocking that 44% of patients who’d consumed energy drinks had also consumed alcohol or drugs; it’s not even that bizarre that men were twice as likely as women to combine […]


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2012
Jan4
Waismann Method Medical Director Cautions of Rise in Drug Poisoning Deaths

Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2012) A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that in 2008, poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in the United States accounting for more than 41,000 deaths, with nine out of 10 mortalities caused by drugs that year. The report also states that […]


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2011
Dec6
Rise in Opioid Use for Abdominal Pain Points to Larger Problem Warns Waismann Method Medical Director

A new study, released by the American Gastroenterological Association, shows outpatient clinics across the United States witnessed opiate prescriptions for chronic abdominal pain more than double between 1997 and 2008. Dr. Michael Lowenstein, co-medical director for the Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detox, warns that this increase signals the gaining popularity of prescription painkillers […]


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2011
Nov8
Will Business For Boozeless Liverpool Bar Dry Up?

Although British social life has centered around pubs and bars for centuries, a bar in Liverpool, England, is hoping to prove that anyone who thinks alcohol-free bars can’t work in boozy Britain is all wet. The Brink has been open since the end of September, and manager Carl Alderdice said that while Liverpool has a […]


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2011
Nov7
Prescription Pill Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions Warns Waismann Method Medical Director

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that in 2008 approximately 15,000 Americans died from overdoses from prescription painkillers, like Vicodin, Oxycontin andOpana. These findings show a three-fold increase over the past decade, from 4,000 deaths in 1999. Dr. Michael Lowenstein, who specializes in the Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate […]


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2011
Nov3
Is Purdue Pharma-Sponsored 'Partnership at drugfree.org' a Ruse? Part 2

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Partnership for Drugfree.org preys on the emotions of family members losing loved ones to the prescription drug epidemic as they support Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. The same Purdue Pharma responsible for criminally marketing the drug and unleashing death and addiction throughout the U.S. and Canada by having them as a […]


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2011
Nov2
US battling painkiller overdose epidemic

THE United States is facing an epidemic of lethal overdoses from prescription painkillers, which have tripled in the past decade and now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The quantity of painkillers on the market is so high that it would be enough for every American to swallow a standard dose of […]


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2011
Nov1
Painkiller overdose ‘epidemic’ strikes US

WASHINGTON — The United States is facing an epidemic of lethal overdoses from prescription painkillers, which have tripled in the past decade and now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The quantity of painkillers on the market is so high that it would be enough for every American to swallow a standard […]


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2011
1
Painkiller overdose 'epidemic' strikes US

WASHINGTON — The United States is facing an epidemic of lethal overdoses from prescription painkillers, which have tripled in the past decade and now account for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The quantity of painkillers on the market is so high that it would be enough for every American to swallow a standard […]


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2011
Oct26
Tomko faces long road to recovery

Tyson Tomko transitioned from a bodyguard for rock band Limp Bizkit to portraying a bodyguard in professional wrestling. After a short stint in Ohio Valley Wrestling Tomko made the main roster in the WWE as a bodyguard for Christian. After leaving the WWE Tomko went to Japan where he would win the IWGP Tag Team […]


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2011
Oct20
Price Reduction on Treatment in Honor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Beverly Hills, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2011) – Administrative director for the Waismann Method of rapid opiate detoxification, Clare Waismann, today announced a temporary price reduction on the pioneering treatment in honor of the third annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – a national effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect and […]


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2011
Oct13
Waismann Method Extends Aid in an Effort to Make Treatment More Widely Available

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ — In support of recent and upcoming national drug take-back programs encouraging people to surrender unused, unwanted and expired medications, the medical professionals who perform the Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification today announced they will reduce the total cost of the pioneering rapid detoxification treatment in an effort to make treatment more […]


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2011
13
The Scary New Migraine Mistake

  ON A LATE afternoon in April at the Head Pain Treatment Unit of Chelsea Community Hospital in Michigan, everything feels muted—window shades are drawn, and patients are speaking just above a whisper. Linda, a migraine sufferer who does not want to reveal her last name, is on day four of her detox treatment and […]


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2011
Oct11
The Migraine Mistake: Millions Prescribed Addictive Painkillers For Headaches

Most other headache sufferers don’t choose to be addicts — but an estimated one in five migraine patients is prescribed opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, and barbiturates such as Fioricet; almost 20 percent of the opioids prescribed in this country are dispensed to relieve the pain of migraines and headaches, according to a […]


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2011
Sep20
Waismann Method Supports National Take-Back Initiative

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ – Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification today announced its support of the first-ever National Take-Back Initiative, organized by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to encourage the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled medications for safe disposal. On the heels of recent reports that prescription […]


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2011
Sep13
Fatal Opioid Overdoses on Steep Incline Warns Waismann Method Medical Director

According to a report from the British Medical Journal, the number of deaths in the United States from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Suboxone, has now surpassed that of multiple myeloma, alcohol liver disease and HIV. Dr. Michael Lowenstein, who specializes in the Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detoxification, warns this increase […]


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2011
Aug29
Waismann Method Medical Director Issues Reminder of the Advancement of Opiate Treatment

Beverly Hills, Calif. (August 29, 2011) – Opiate dependency treatment has seen many advancements over recent years, however it’s important for long term recovery that patients receive comprehensive pre and post-treatment care. Prolonged use of opiates like oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin, cause both physical and emotional changes in the body that must be carefully addressed […]


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2011
Aug22
Addicted in Hollywood

  The prescription pain medication Oxycontin is becoming on of the most abused and misused drugs in Hollywood. When used correctly, it’s considered a safe pain management drug. But when used inappropriately, Oxycontin, known on the street as OC, O and hillbilly heroin, becomes incredibly dangerous. Police officials said Michael Jackson was “heavily addicted” to Oxycontin before he died. Adam “DJ […]


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2011
22
The Truth About Celebs and Hillbilly Heroin

Pain killer or alternative heroin for needy stars looking to get high — Get the 411 about celebs who die without a fix. The much maligned prescription pain killer is on the rise in Hollywood and around the world. When used correctly, it can be effective pain management but on the street Oxy aka OC […]


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2011
Aug1
Reports Show Illicit Drug Overdoses Are On the Rise, Warns Waismann Method Medical Director

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by Bloomberg, the death rate of overdoses from prescription drugs in Florida have more than doubled in the past ten years. Dr. Michael Lowenstein, who specializes in the Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detoxification, indicates that according to surveys […]


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2011
Jul5
Waismann Method Medical Director Cautions of Increasing Numbers of Opioid Addicts

Dr. Michael Lowenstein, co-medical director of The Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detoxification under deep sedation, is expressing grave concern over the implications of a new report that outlines the alarming rise in number of individuals seeking treatment for opioid dependence, for example OxyContin addiction. The new national analysis from the U.S. Substance Abuse […]


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2011
May31
Waismann Method Medical Director Cautions of Opioid Tolerance Caused by Habitual Use

Dr. Michael Lowenstein, co-medical director of The Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detoxification under deep sedation, is encouraging Americans to familiarize themselves with the dangers of opioid-induced tolerance and hyperalgesia. Both conditions result from long-term use of opioid-based prescription drugs including, OxyContin, Methadone, Suboxone, Vicodin and Hydrocodone, which causes patients to take an […]


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2011
May10
Waismann Method Medical Director Warns of Opioid-Induced Gastrointestinal Damage

Dr. Clifford A. Bernstein, co-medical director of The Waismann Method, an advanced procedure for rapid opiate detoxification under deep sedation, is warning Americans of the negative side effects to gastrointestinal health from sustained use of opioids. If used for a prolonged period of time, opioids are proven to cause significant damage to the gastrointestinal tract, including constipation, […]


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2011
Mar3
Waismann Method Supports “Operation Pill Nation” in Effort to Remove Illegal Prescription Drugs from Streets

After a yearlong investigation dubbed “Operation Pill Nation,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local authorities recently raided 11 pain clinics throughout South Florida for dispensing illegal prescriptions for painkillers. The DEA also reported that five out of the 22 people arrested were doctors at these pain clinics, which brought in a profit of $22 million […]


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2011
Feb14
"Everyone Thought Charlie Sheen was Going to Die"

There was cocaine on his face, hands, fingertips and chest.  Blood trickled from his nose and mouth.  According to a source, this is what an unresponsive Charlie Sheen looked like when paramedics arrived at his L.A. mansion around 7 a.m. January 27 in the wake of what was later determined to be a 36-hour binge […]


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2011
Feb2
Waismann Method Witnesses Increase in Chronic Pain Cases Linked Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia

Results from a recent study issued by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that treatment admissions for prescription painkiller abuse rose 345 percent over a 10 year period extending from 1998 to 2008.  The Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification, an advanced medical procedure that rids the body of opiates, examines these […]


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2011
Feb1
Getting Serious About Painkillers

Editor’s note: Recent publications by SAMHSA and other authorities warn that prescription painkiller abuse and misuse is a major problem. Opiate addiction specialist Clare W. Kavin, administrative director of the Waismann Method answered questions by e-mail on Dec. 16, 2010, from OH&S Editor Jerry Laws. She discussed the problem’s impact on the workplace and explained what employers should do to […]


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2011
Jan28
Experts: Charlie Sheen's Lifestyle Hurting His Kids, Career Could Be Next

Charlie Sheen’s recent hospitalization after reported heavy drug use and porn star parties has some questioning the long-term well-being of his children. Sheen has two young daughters, aged six and seven, with actress Denise Richards, as well as one-year-old twins with Brooke Mueller. (He also has a grown daughter from a previous relationship.) According to alcohol and […]


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2011
Jan11
Prescription drug abuse a ‘real problem,’ experts say

Drug Policy Alliance report revealed that between 1999 and 2007, the number of Texas deaths by accidental drug overdose increased by more than 250 percent, from 790 to 1,987. This area is not immune to the problem, either, local officials said. “In Nacogdoches and Deep East Texas, we are seeing young people who are abusing […]


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2010
Dec14
Miley Cyrus Bonds With Mom In Wake Of Bong Smoking Controversy

  Just four days after video surfaced of Disney star Miley Cyrus inhaling smoke out of a bong, she took comfort in the presence of her mother as these RadarOnline.com photos reveal. Miley walked arm-in-arm on the set of her upcoming flick So Undercover in New Orleans, Louisiana with her mother, Tish, on Tuesday – […]


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2010
Dec11
Drug Miley Cyrus Was Smoking Has Same Effects As LSD

  On Friday, a video of Miley Cyrus inhaling smoke out of a bong surfaced and while initial reports downplayed the substance since it has legal status in California, RadarOnline.com has learned that salvia has very serious effects similar to those of LSD. “It’s a psychedelic drug, a hallucinogen and has the same effects as […]


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2010
11
Billy Ray On Miley’s Bong Hit: ‘There Is So Much Beyond My Control Right Now’

  Miley Cyrus’ father Billy Ray Cyrus has publicly voiced his concerns about his teenage daughter after video emerged of the teenage starlet smoking the psychedelic drug salvia from a bong, RadarOnline.com is reporting. The country singer and actor used Twitter to express his disappointment in his famous 18-year-old daughter. It read: “Sorry guys. I […]


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2010
Dec10
EXCLUSIVE: Miley Cyrus Was Smoking Salvia

On Friday, a video of Miley Cyrus inhaling smoke out of a bong surfaced and while initial reports downplayed the substance since it has legal status in California, RadarOnline.com has learned that salvia has very serious effects similar to those of LSD. “It’s a psychedelic drug, a hallucinogen and has the same effects as LSD,” Clare Waismann, a registered […]


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2010
Nov16
Waismann Method Witnesses Surge in Heroin Abuse among Teens and Young Adults

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Results from a recent study issued by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and released by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that the overall number of heroin abusers rose by nearly 90 percent – from 213,000 to 399,000 individuals – […]


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2010
Oct28
Dr. Michael Loweinstein On Fox News

  Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D., Medcal Director of the Waismann Method, was featured this morning on FOX 5 Morning News in San Diego, CA. As one of the nation’s leading physicians specializing in chronic pain and addiction, Dr. Lowenstein sat down to discuss the recent rise of opiate use in the workplace and its effect on […]


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2010
Oct13
Waismann Method Extends Aid in an Effort to Make Treatment More Widely Available

Leader in Opiate Detoxification Announces First-Ever Price Reduction for Pioneering Treatment to Prescription Painkiller Dependency in Conjunction with National Drug Take-Back Programs BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (October 13, 2010) – In support of recent and upcoming national drug take-back programs encouraging people to surrender unused, unwanted and expired medications, the medical professionals who perform the Waismann Method of Opiate […]


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2010
Oct12
Popping Pills

  A young man approaches the pharmacy counter with two prescriptions. One is for a painkiller. One is to treat a medical condition. Shaky and anxious, he asks the technician what the total is. Unable to afford both, he opts for the painkiller. “You can tell when they are addicted, but you can’t do anything […]


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2010
Oct4
The anguish of taking painkillers at work

Alex Fotopoulous, an IT project manager in Atlanta, admits he gets dopey and drowsy on the job when he’s taking prescription painkillers to deal with the lingering effects of the neck surgery he had six months ago. But Fotopoulos, who did not want his real name used for fear of losing his job, hasn’t told his boss […]


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2010
Sep29
Lindsay Lohan back in rehab, what type of treatment can the actress expect?

  With Lindsay Lohan back in rehab in Orange County, as Radar has confirmed, many are wondering what type of treatment the troubled actress can expect while there. We spoke to addiction expert Clare W. Kavin, Administrative Director of the Waismann Method, who gave us some insight as to what Lindsay could be facing during her stint at rehab. Kavin explains […]


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2010
Aug20
Lohan Will Need Change of Scenery After Rehab

    As Lindsay Lohan embarks on a 90-day stint in rehab, many are wondering if this stay in a treatment facility is going to be different than previous ones. According to one addiction expert, it might not be, so long as she’s still surrounded by the same influences when she gets back to her […]


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2010
Aug4
90 days at UCLA rehab won't be enough to fully cure troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, experts says

The intensive rehab Lindsay Lohan checked into is the best place for her to get straight – but it’s going to take a lot longer than 90 days, experts say.The "Mean Girls" actress entered UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Westwood, Calif., on Monday, after 14 days in jail."Ms. Lohan is not in a locked unit […]


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2010
Jun11
New Waismann Method Survey Indicates Chronic Pain Management as Leading Cause for Prescription Painkiller Use

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 11  — According to a recent survey conducted by the Waismann Method of opiate detoxification, doctors prescribing medication for the treatment of chronic pain were found to be the leading source of prescription painkiller use.  Approximately 88 percent of all respondents stated they began taking prescription painkillers for chronic pain relief, with an astounding […]


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2010
Apr21
Waismann Method Issues Warning as Fatal Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Continue to Rise

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ — In response to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine called “Hospitalizations for Poisoning by Prescription Opioids, Sedatives, and Tranquilizers,” the Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification is urging Americans to take measures to better understand and recognize the potential dangers and addictive nature of prescription […]


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2010
Apr20
New Detox Treatment for Dependency to Benzodiazepines

  UPDATE – The Waismann Method doesn’t perform detox treatments for benzodiazepine drugs, currently. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – (Business Wire) The Waismann Method, leaders in the field of medical opiate detoxification, today announced an exclusive treatment developed for patients with dependencies to Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan. The Waismann Method of Accelerated […]


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2010
Apr15
FDA Approves New OxyContin Formulation

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new formulation of the controlled-release drug OxyContin that has been designed to help discourage misuse and abuse of the medication. OxyContin is made to slowly release the potent opioid oxycodone to treat patients who require a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic for management of their moderate to severe pain […]


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2010
Apr9
Is Rapid Detox the real deal?

BILL: I recently had a conversation with Clare Waismann, an accredited addiction specialist who’s an administrative director for the Waismann Method of rapid detox. Dave, are you familiar with it? DR. DAVE: They’re a leading developer of what is called “Rapid Drug Detoxification.” Ordinarily, prescription opiate addicts might spend up to seven days sweating through withdrawal. […]


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2010
Jan15
Waismann Method Profiled on E! Investigates

The Waismann Method is featured in an educational episode of the provocative national cable television series, “E! Investigates,” dedicated to prescription drug abuse in America.   During this one-hour, in-depth episode, viewers will gain insight in to the Waismann Method of opiate detoxification as the producers follow one woman through treatment. The Waismann Method, a pioneering […]


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2010
Jan5
Waismann Method To Be Featured on E! True Hollywood Story About Addiction

The very popular series, True Hollywood Story on the E! Channel plans to air a new show Jan. 13 featuring Waismann Method. Our successful opiate detoxification will be in the spotlight for the show about prescription painkiller addiction. The episode will chronicle the story of a patient in treatment for fentanyl addiction. Clips will be […]


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2009
Dec23
The Waismann Method Reflects on 2009: The Year of the Prescription Painkiller

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ — This entire year was marked by an abundance of media coverage and attention surrounding prescription painkillers, largely the result of widespread misuse throughout Hollywood. Over the past 12 months, several high-profile celebrities have been linked to prescription medications including Steven Tyler, Lindsay Lohan and, Courtney Love, […]


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2009
Dec14
Marijuana, Prescription Drug Use Up Among Teens

A national study widely considered to be an important indicator of youth drug abuse showed progress with some drugs but widespread problems with marijuana and prescription or over-the-counter drugs. The study, compiled by the University of Michigan for the federal National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that 7 of the 10 drugs most abused by […]


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2009
14
Waismann Method Offers Safe and Alternative Treatment for Dependency to Ambien

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Waismann Method, a pioneering medical opiate detoxification procedure, offers one of the most advanced medical procedures worldwide with the medical expertise and advanced technology to treat dependencies to zolpidem, a prescription medication widely used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and prescribed under trade names including Ambien and Edluar. The […]


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2009
Sep10
PRESCRIPTION  DRUG ADDICTION

By Michele Thompson, MS — SheKnows.com– Sept 10 2009 With the latest celebrity prescription drug deaths of DJ AM and Michael Jackson, prescription drug abuse is boldly situated on the media forefront, but there are reports that it isn’t just celebrities misusing prescription medication. Recent data demonstrates an American epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly […]


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2009
Aug5
Detox procedure saving lives, the Waismann Method

Drug detoxification from addictive drugs is difficult under any circumstances, but there is a method that has helped thousands of drug dependent persons overcome their physical addiction in a fraction of the time it takes to detox with conventional methods , In part 1 and 2 of this series, the Waismann Method was introduced, as well as providing […]


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2009
Jul29
Waismann Method vs Conventional Detox

The Waismann Method was introduced in part one of this series as a procedure drug dependent persons can go through to detoxify them from opioid drugs, among others. The method employs a combination of anesthesia, and the drug naltrexone allowing a patient to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms associated with the abrupt cessation of opiates. The procedure is also used to […]


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2009
Jul28
Prescription drug abuse growing at an alarming rate in the U.S.

By Sheila Guilloton –Examiner.com July 28 Death due to prescription drug abuse is in the headlines now because of the death of Michael Jackson. The media also harkens back to the death of Elvis Presley and other celebrities who have died from drug overdoses. But the abuse of prescription drugs is different. Unlike the addiction […]


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2009
Jul25
Waismann Method, thousands overcome drug dependence

By Michael Velardo — Examiner.com– July 25 2009 – Ask any narcotic or benzodiazepine drug dependent person what is one of the worst things about addiction they have experienced, and the answer that rockets back is withdrawals. Categorically, one of the most avoid-at-all-cost “state-of-body, state-of-mind” conditions, withdrawal pains end up exclusively driving a drug dependent person in the direction […]


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2009
Jul20
Could an intervention have saved Michael Jackson from prescription drug overdose?

By Sheila Guilloton BEVERLY HILLS,Calif.–(Examiner.com)– July 20, 2009 – The saddest words are “what might have been.”  There is still no final report on the cause of Michael Jackson’s death although it is not expected to contain any surprise. The cause of death will almost certainly be accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Amid ongoing speculation […]


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2009
Jul16
Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D. Certified By New Addiction Medicine Board

American Board of Addiction Medicine to Address Significant, Unmet Need Chevy Chase, Maryland – (July 16, 2009), 2009 – Michael H. Lowenstein, M.D. is among the first physicians in the United States certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, a new independent medical specialty board. The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) has begun […]


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2009
Jul14
Waismann Method Joins National Drug Policy Czar in Encouraging "Wake Up Call" to Addiction Epidemic

Data Shows that More Americans are Dying from Drug Overdose than Gunshot Wounds Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2009 — In response to a national “wake up call” regarding prescription painkiller abuse from Gil Kerlikowske, director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) during a recent interview with CBS News, Waismann Method, […]


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2009
Jul10
Dr. Michael Lowenstein quoted in Star Magazine on the “Michael Jackson drug.”

  Propofol-brand name: Diprivan – is an intravenous anesthetic drug used to induce unconsciousness before surgery.  It has also been used in assisted suicides.  “It’s very dangerous, and not usually given outside a hospital setting,” says Dr. Michael Lowenstein, director of the Waismann Method detox program in Orange County.  “If the person is not monitored, […]


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2009
Apr28
Waismann Method Offers Safe Treatment for Dependency to Benzodiazepines

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ — The Waismann Method, a pioneering medical opiate detoxification procedure, offers one of the most advanced medical procedures worldwide with the medical expertise and advanced technology to treat dependencies to Benzodiazepines, including Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin and Valium. The Waismann Method of Accelerated Benzodiazepine Neuro-Regulation (ABNR) involves a safe, medically-assisted […]


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2009
Feb23
Waismann Method Launches New Detox Treatment for Dependency to Benzodiazepines

The Waismann Method, leaders in the field of medical opiate detoxification, today announced an exclusive treatment developed for patients with dependencies to Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan. The Waismann Method of Accelerated Benzodiazepine Neuro-Regulation (ABN) involves a safe, medically-assisted withdrawal from Benzodiazepines in a hospital setting, which takes approximately five to seven […]


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2009
Feb19
Waismann Method Offers Safe Treatment for Dependency to Benzodiazepines

  UPDATE – The Waismann Method doesn’t perform detox treatments for and benzodiazepine drugs, currently.  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Waismann Method, a pioneering medical opiate detoxification procedure, offers one of the most advanced medical procedures worldwide with the medical expertise and advanced technology to treat dependencies to Benzodiazepines, including Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin and Valium. […]


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2008
May6
Domus Retreat Announces Specialized Opiate Dependency Treatment Services

After a Decade Specializing in Opiate Dependency, The Waismann Method has Partnered with Domus Retreat to Offer Comprehensive Medicinal and Therapeutic Care for Opiate Dependency. ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Domus Retreat, a luxurious relaxation haven that has become Orange County’s best kept secret for transitional care, today announced it now offers exclusive, full-service opiate dependency treatment that […]


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2008
Mar1
The Quick Fix

When did Valerie Black know she was in trouble?  Was it when her doctor increased her fentanyl patch – the powerful opiate that blunted the pain of Crohn’s disease and debilitating menstrual cramps – from 25 micrograms to 50? Or 75? Or 100?  Was it when she began going through one patch a day, instead […]


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2007
Dec13
Use of Opiate Drug Replacement Therapies on the Rise in the United States

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Recently, national media has created widespread exposure for the increased use of replacement drug treatment methods such as Methadone and Suboxone. The “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric ” and USA Today have both touched upon some of the dangers these replacement methods present, which include new dependencies and death due to […]


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2007
Nov12
Lindsay’s Worst Fear… Pregnant

  Excerpt: Being in a serious relationship so soon after leaving rehab is a major no-no, says California-based drug addiction expert Claire Waismann, who estimates a better time from would be after being sober for six months.  “They’re both trying to recover and stay sober and are fighting their own demons,” Waismann, who has not […]


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2007
Aug25
Rising Prescription Drug Abuse in the U.S.

Expert in Opiate Dependency Comments on Recent Increase in Pain Pill Usage by Katie Williams BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In response to an Associated Press report issued yesterday stating a “90 percent increase of prescription drug use in the United States,” the Waismann Method, a leading treatment facility specializing in opiate dependency, today provided additional insight into […]


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2007
Jun7
Waismann Method Survey Reveals Dependency Risk for People Using Suboxone

  The Waismann Method today announced findings from an online survey of Suboxone users, indicating that 66 percent of individuals currently taking Suboxone, also known as Subutex or Buprenorphine, believe they cannot stop taking the drug without assistance, indicating a physical dependency. Suboxone is often prescribed to treat dependency to opiates including OxyContin, Vicodin, Lortab […]


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2007
Feb5
Rising Prescription Drug Abuse in the Hollywood

Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) February 17, 2007 — Recent news of Anna Nicole Smith’s death is sweeping the nation and dominating news reports daily. The mystery of her death remains intriguing to journalists, biographers and those who loved and admired her as an American icon. Although several reports have been issued and rumors have swirled, […]


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2006
Dec26
Top-quality heroin floods U.S. as Afghan poppy trade grows

The amount of high-quality heroin available throughout the United States is surging because of an increasing supply from Afghanistan, and with it comes the fear that record-breaking poppy harvests after the U.S. invasion are fueling more addictions and overdose deaths back home. Heroin-related deaths in Los Angeles County soared from 137 in 2002 to 282 in 2004 […]


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2006
Dec21
Ten Things Teens and Their Families Should Know about the Dangers of Abusing Prescription Narcotics

The Waismann Method today released “Ten Things Teens and Their Families Should Know about the Dangers of Prescription Painkillers,” in response to the study recently released from The National Institute on Drug Abuse stating that high numbers of teenagers continue to abuse prescription drugs. As the number of dependencies to prescription narcotics in the U.S. continues […]


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2006
Dec12
Waismann Method of Detoxification Successfully Treats Severe Morphine and Methadone Levels While Leaving Patients With Reduced Pain

Waismann Method of Detoxification Successfully Treats Severe Morphine and Methadone Levels While Leaving Patients With Reduced Pain The Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification announced today the successful treatment of two patients taking dangerously high doses of prescription pain-relieving drugs. Both patients are now opiate-free and in less pain than they were prior to detoxification. The […]


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2006
May5
My Big Secret: Addicted to Painkillers

  May 5, 2006 — Four years ago, Elaine Domino was a happily married mother of three who never suspected her world was about to change forever. “I was a normal person, a happy person,” Domino said. “I had a wonderful relationship with my family and my husband.” That happiness came crashing down around her in […]


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2006
Apr10
Risky rapid detox vows results

Mike Brown’s descent into prescription pain pill addiction began innocently, when he was given Vicodin by a dentist after a root canal. "In three days I took all 30 pills and got hooked," he said. "I couldn’t believe the high. It became a quest to find doctors who would write me prescriptions." The Salt Lake […]


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2006
Mar3
Methadone

The United States has added yet another menacing substance to the ever-growing problem of drug abuse. Methadone, a medication typically used as replacement or maintenance for opiate-dependent patients, has become the substitute drug of choice for heroin and the popular painkiller turned street drug, OxyContin. The Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that across the nation, […]


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2006
Feb3
Doctors find little humor in TV's handling of painkillers prescription drug addiction

In a heavily promoted live episode of “Will & Grace” that NBC recently broadcast, the title characters opened a linen closet in the palatial bathroom belonging to their wealthy friend Karen Walker. Out gushed hundreds and hundreds of pill bottles, a river of amber-colored plastic. The studio audience went wild. Karen’s fondness for booze and […]


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2006
Jan6
Instant Detox

  Bryan Peterson sat on the toilet in the master bathroom of his Palm Springs, California, home and tried to find a vein between his knuckles. It was virgin territory – he had never injected himself in a spot he couldn’t cover up. But now that he’d been fired from his job in the estimating […]


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2005
Sep13
Rep. Lynch Addresses Subcommittee Hearing On 'Oxycontin

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 — Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass. (9th CD), issued the following statement: OPENING STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN F. LYNCH HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON REGULATORY AFFAIRS FIELD HEARING “OXYCONTIN AND BEYOND: EXAMINING THE ROLE OF FDA AND DEA IN REGULATING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS” Firstly, I would like to begin by welcoming Chairman Candice Miller to […]


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2005
Sep12
Ask Francine

Dear Francine, My husband and I are in our 50s and have daughters 28 and 25. The older one is doing well, but the younger has been in drug rehab four times and now has a very modest job and apartment. In writing our wills (assets about $3 million), we are unsure how to leave […]


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2005
Sep6
Detox Fast Or Slow?

Opiate addicts endure a grueling withdrawal process when they decide to go clean. The pain is intense, the suffering significant. A handful of doctors promise patients they can speed up these agonizing steps via rapid detox, a catch-all term indicating a swift withdrawal process via the use of opioid-antagonist agents typically done while the patient is […]


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2005
Aug31
Rebuttal to Jama Article

  In an article appearing in JAMA in August 2005 entitled, “Anesthesia-Assisted vs Buprenorphine- or Clonidine-Assisted Heroin Detoxification and Naltrexone Induction,” authors Collins, Kleber, Whittington and Heitler conclude that “rapid opioid detoxification with opioid antagonist induction using general anesthesia has emerged as an expensive, potentially dangerous, unproven approach to treat opioid dependence”.  On closer look […]


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2005
Apr25
Misinterpreting Buprenorphine as Miracle Cure for Opiate Dependency to end heroin addiction

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–In response to a growing number of reports touting Buprenorphine as an effective treatment for dependency to prescription painkillers and illegal drugs such as heroin, The Waismann Method, a world-renowned opiate dependency treatment, today declared that patients who are prescribed Buprenorphine are being misinformed to believe that this drug is a miracle cure […]


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2005
Apr21
Ten Things Teens and Their Families Should Know About the Dangers of Prescription Painkillers

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE) The Waismann Method today released “Ten Things Teens and Their Families Should Know about the Dangers of Prescription Painkillers,” in response to the study released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America stating that one in five teenagers has abused a prescription painkiller. As the number of opiate dependencies in the […]


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2005
21
Don't Give Heroin to Heroin Addicts

I am outraged by the commentary “Outside view: Free heroin in Canada” (Web site link to United Press International, Monday), which highlights a government program that sets chemical dependency treatment back decades, but I appreciate the information on this very serious issue. The column indicated that $8 million will be spent on the North American […]


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2005
Mar21
Waismann Method Survey Indicates that Drug Dependencies are Often Supported via the Internet

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–March 21, 2005– The Waismann Method, a world-renowned opiate dependency treatment, today released findings of its 2005 Opiate Dependency Survey, which reported that one-quarter of patients surveyed who sought treatment for prescription painkiller dependencies utilized the Internet to help them acquire their drugs. The survey also found that Vicodin is the opiate […]


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2005
Feb22
Drug Detox Rapid detox picks up steam with addicts - but not with some docs

  Betting $15,000 on a quick way to get clean, a Bay State opiate addict chewed his last Vicodin pills at the Las Vegas airport last month waiting for a connecting flight to salvation at the nation’s leading rapid detox center. Kevin, who did not want his last name or hometown revealed, was popping 25 […]


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2005
Jan30
Teens follow 'Oxy' bridge to heroin OxyContin powerful pain-killer

He knew what the pills were: OxyContin, a powerful pain-killer. He knew what they could do when abused: Turn you numb, so numb you felt you weren’t there. He had taken some in school. His friends said they knew when he was high on them — his head shook in small circles as he sat […]


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2005
Jan6
Weird Science?

The world of medicine seems to be getting quackier and quackier as rapidly advancing cures and medicines meet myth and marketing. Diet pills, hangover cures, and sexual dysfunction treatments spew from the medical-industrial complex, graying the lines between science and selling. It is against this backdrop that the Orange County-based Waismann Institute’s "rapid detox" for […]


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2004
Oct5
The Hidden Addiction

As many as 1.8 million American women are secretly addicted to painkillers. Kerri Raccuglia-Spadow was one of them. But she fought her way back, for her family. I lay on the couch, my head pounding like a jackhammer in my ears. Make it stop! I wept. Take a pill, a voice inside whispered. No! I […]


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2004
Sep24
Illegal Drug Use a Hidden Problem Among Older Americans

The five men seated around a basement table, trading talk about grandchildren and doctors’ bills, could be mistaken for ordinary retirees. But then they tell their stories: “I started taking crack when I was 56.” “I had my first sniff of heroin in 1968 — my last one was in November.” “I came into drugs […]


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2004
Sep13
Key Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Dependency

Key Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Dependency; Drug Awareness Campaign Outlines the Risks of Opiate Dependency. The Waismann Foundation today released “Key Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Dependency,” the first installment in a four-part educational series designed to commemorate Drug Awareness Month. Because a dependency to painkillers can often go unnoticed, it is important to […]


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2004
Sep7
Ten Things You and Your Family Should Know about the Dangers of Prescription Painkillers, According to The Waismann Foundation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The Waismann Foundation today released “Ten Things You and Your Family Should Know about the Dangers of Prescription Painkillers,” the second installment of the foundation’s weekly “Drug Awareness Month” educational series. As the number of opiate dependencies in the U.S. continues to rise, it is critical that parents are armed with the […]


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2004
Aug31
Key Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Dependency

BEVERLY HILLS, The Waismann Foundation today released “Key Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Dependency,” the first installment in a four-part educational series designed to commemorate Drug Awareness Month. Because a dependency to painkillers can often go unnoticed, it is important to recognize signs that indicate a problem in you or a loved one, according to […]


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2004
Jul4
Prescription Drugs Can Bring Addiction With Them

An NFL quarterback. A national radio personality. The frontman of a Chicago rock band. And now, as some of his colleagues have implied, a Nebraska state senator. Ray Mossey has declined to comment publicly about the circumstances leading to his arrest on a felony charge of fraudulently obtaining hydrocodone. But if the Sarpy County senator […]


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2004
Jun28
Opiates Killing Pain and Careers

Jeff Allison dreamed a year ago of leaping quickly from first-round draft choice for the Florida Marlins to National League All-Star. Instead, he sank sadly from a prescription drug addiction to a heroin overdose.He had it all, the 95 mph fastball, the $1.85 million signing bonus, the gushing praise of Marlins manager Jack McKeon.Now it’s […]


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2004
Jun17
Lifting the Burden of Dependency

Rush Limbaugh. Matthew Perry. Elizabeth Taylor. Judy Garland. Carrie Fisher. Melanie Griffith. It’s common to hear of celebrities becoming addicted to painkillers or other prescription drugs. But if someone close to you got hooked on them would you notice the signs? Family and friends play a crucial role in detecting the problem because abusers are […]


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2004
Jun1
The Scary New Drug Addiction

Prescription abuse is a growing problem for women.  Learn how to ensure you don’t get hooked. When Holly*, 24, was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), she thought that taking her prescription medication would change her life for the better.  Instead, she became hooked on the drug and is still struggling with addiction four years […]


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2004
May31
Today's Professionals Find Relief From Painkiller Dependency

When asked what victims of drug dependency look like, most people would depict a dirty and destitute street addict, arms etched with track marks from shooting up heroin, stealing from the local convenience store just to feed his daily habit. Or she may be a prostitute, numb to the sad fact that she is selling […]


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2004
Apr29
Waismann Method Wins Prestigious Prism Award

LOS ANGELES — The winners of the 8th Annual PRISM Awards were announced today at The Hollywood Palladium. Presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human […]


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2004
Apr20
OxyContin Dependency Growing

An increasing number of people are seeking treatment for dependency on OxyContin, according to a report Friday by a California drug treatment center. The Waismann Institute’s 2004 Opiate Dependency Report said dependency on the powerful painkiller drug is catching up to that of the leading opiate painkiller, Vicodin. The center’s survey found 33 percent of […]


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2004
Mar22
Opiate Addiction: Majority of Female Patients with Opiate Dependencies are Reliant on Doctor-Prescribed Painkillers

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–03/22/2004–According to The Waismann Institute’s 2004 Opiate Dependency Report, 86 percent of female patients seeking treatment were battling a dependency to prescription painkillers. Based upon research conducted by the world-renowned opiate dependency treatment center, the drug most commonly found to be a problem for women was OxyContin at 21 percent, while 60 […]


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2004
Mar3
Opiate Addiction: Held Captive by Physical Dependency

  Throughout my career treating opiate dependency at the Waismann Institute, the patients I see do not usually fit society’s stereotypical drug addict. Most patients who seek treatment here develop their dependencies after taking painkillers that were prescribed to them for pain. They are mothers, teachers, lawyers, actors, and because they are often the last […]


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2004
Feb19
Addiction Trends and Fads

  What is a Trend A trend is a direction in organized societal activities that has emerged in response to a perceived need; has persisted for a long period of time; has gained the support of academic, business and political leaders; and has developed a broad-based economic infrastructure to support it. A trend is very […]


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2004
19
Addiction Trends and Fads

Terry Gorski has recently completed a trends update which he presented at the Institute for Integral Development January 29, 2004. Since my last formal update of trends forecast in 1998, stigma against people suffering from addiction and related mental health problems has become the driving force shaping future trends in addiction treatment. The major factor […]


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2004
Feb2
2004 Opiate Dependency Report Reveals Challenges Faced by Pain Management Practitioners and Patients

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb 2, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Waismann Institute, a world-renowned opiate dependency treatment center, today released findings of its 2004 Opiate Dependency Report, which shows that 56 percent of patients’ opiate dependencies began with medication prescribed by their doctors. The findings are based on a survey conducted of patients receiving […]


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2004
Jan22
Oxycontin Manufacturer: Don't Forget The Patients

By Paul Goldenheim, M.D. In the past few weeks, the Orlando Sentinel has reported on several new state and federal initiatives to address the problem of prescription-drug abuse in Florida. State Sen. Burt Saunders announced hearings to examine Medicaid fraud as it relates to the illegal diversion of prescription drugs; a separate task force, headed […]


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2004
Jan20
Prescription Addiction: A Painful New Reality

  As profiled on The John Walsh Show Rush Limbaugh’s recent admission that he was addicted to the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin thrust the rarely discussed issue of prescription drug addiction into the national spotlight. Prescription drug abuse is now the fastest growing type of drug abuse in the U.S. Today, we hear the gripping […]


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2003
Dec5
Internet Sales Fuel Addiction

WASHINGTON – Kelly Knable, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Richmond, Va., suburb of Powhatan, didn’t have time to be sick. So when Knable was recovering from surgery that fused several vertebrae in 1998, her doctor minimized her downtime by placing her on a regimen of prescription drugs: first a narcotic called Lortab, then […]


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2003
Nov30
When Addiction Is a Click Away

WASHINGTON — Kelly Knable, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Richmond, Va., suburb of Powhatan, didn’t have time to be sick. So when Knable was recovering from surgery that fused several vertebrae in 1998, her doctor minimized her downtime by placing her on a regimen of prescription drugs: first a narcotic called Lortab, then […]


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2003
Oct20
In the Grip of a Deeper Pain

They were invented to stop pain, the kind that travels up the spinal cord, and they’re remarkably effective at it: the synthetic opioids developed since the 1970s can mute the agony of slipped disks, deteriorating joints, tooth decay and even terminal cancer. IF THAT WAS ALL they did, then it wouldn’t be much of a […]


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2003
Oct8
Prescription Painkiller Addiction

It wasn’t hard to detect the glee last week when the National Enquirer published allegations that Rush Limbaugh was addicted to prescription painkillers. Al Franken, liberal un-funnyman, sneered that if the allegations were true, he was “looking forward to the perp walk.” The ultra-liberal Web site DemocraticUnderground.com smirked, “Yup, if the rumors are true, Rush […]


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2003
Oct6
10 Warning Signs of Drug Addiction and Dependency

Thousands of Americans rely on prescription painkillers for the relief of pain and discomfort from ailments such as headaches, menstrual cramps, surgery recovery or lingering pain from an injury. Unfortunately however, for many, this reliance on medication can easily and unknowingly turn into physical dependence. The scary fact is that the most commonly prescribed drugs […]


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2003
Sep7
Oxycontin Addiction: Hillbilly Heroin

Only an addict can describe the euphoria that comes from that first outlaw hit of Oxycontin. Only an addict can describe the sheer torture of trying to quit the narcotic painkiller known as “Hillbilly Heroin.” Jon Riley Hays, M.D., knows about both. Hays, formerly a family practice physician in the Southern Illinois town of Herrin, […]


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2003
Jun16
Addicted to Painkiller: My Doctor Got Me Hooked on Drugs - Part 1

A growing number of women are becoming addicted to the prescriptions their M.D.’s insist will heal them. Here’s why – and how to tell if you could get in trouble with your next Rx. After having back surgery in May 2001, Vicky, 34, was prescribed OxyContin, a powerful pain reliever. But the drug did more […]


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2003
Jun4
2003
Jun1
Addicted to Painkiller: My Doctor Got Me Hooked on Drugs - Part 3

While Berry would like to enroll in an inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation program, neither is covered by her health insurance – a common predicament with prescription-drug abuse, says Steven Juergens, M.D., an addiction expert at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. “Prescription-drug withdrawal can take up to three weeks, while withdrawal from alcohol and […]


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2003
1
Addicted to Painkiller: My Doctor Got Me Hooked on Drugs - Part 2

Another factor that’s leading patients down the path to addiction, says Colvin, is that many doctors don’t check in with patients after those patients start taking these drugs. Use of OxyContin, for example, should not exceed seven days without reassessment by a doctor; use of Xanax should not exceed two weeks without reassessment, according to […]


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2003
Apr27
Addicted to Prescription Painkillers

Fast recoveries are the focus for the Waismann Institute’s rapid detox program. Opiate dependency has risen dramatically in the last several years due to an increase in addiction to prescription painkillers. The Waismann program helps patients kick dependency through a three-day treatment process, submitted in a hospital setting. “These are patients, they’re not drug addicts,” […]


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2003
27
Patient of Suspended Doctor Recalls Addiction

Sherry Heuel was up to 20 painkillers a day when she realized she wasn’t getting any better. In fact, the Camarillo mother of three felt much worse than she had on the day 18 months earlier when she walked into Dr. Michael Huff’s office suffering from migraines and poor sleep. But she couldn’t bring herself […]


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2003
Mar6
More CHS Students Arrested in Drug Case

CEDAR CITY — Two more Cedar High School students have been arrested in connection with the series of drug charges filed since Friday, bringing the latest total to eight. A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft for allegedly stealing some Lortab tablets from a friend’s house. A 14-year-old boy was arrested at […]


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2003
Mar3
A Painkiller's Double Life as an Illegal Street Drug

by Caryn James In a scene of creepy voyeurism and joltingly effective reporting, a 22-year-old named Troy Swett, who looks like any middle-class college student in a red sweatshirt and baseball cap, sits in his messy apartment in Maine and prepares to stick a needle in his arm as the cameras watch. ”I’m ashamed of […]


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2002
Oct28
Clean and sober in 48 hours?

‘Rapid detox’ promises opiate addicts an easier out, but some doctors call for more studies to prove its value. October 28, 2002|Daniel Costello | Special to The Times Lisa Hill, a 27-year-old prescription drug addict, lies in a hospital bed in Tustin, about to undergo her third detox attempt. A few minutes later, doctors give […]


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2002
Oct18
Winona Ryder's Defense Plans

When Winona Ryder last went to court, the prosecution dropped the drug charge against her. Deputy District Attorney Ann Rundle explained that the prescription came from a doctor. When Ryder was arrested for shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, she was caught with a painkiller called endocet, in the same drug family as […]


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2002
Oct14
A Prescription for Pain: Opiate Dependency on the Rise

A Prescription for Pain: Opiate Dependency on the Rise by Clare Waismann When Americans think of drug abuse, they often picture junkies lurking in alleyways and drug dealers peddling their merchandise from the shadows of inner-city avenues. Many would be surprised, then, to learn that hundreds of thousands of Americans line up to get their […]


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2002
Aug23
Rapid Detox Video Drug Detox Video

August 23, 2002 Oxycontin Rapid Detox Procedure Video   For more information, please call (310) 205-0808 or (888) 987-HOPE or send us a confidential email. If the video does not play, please download the RealOne plugin:


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2002
23
Addicted: Troy Tries to Get Clean

“I never said I want to grow up to be a junkie, ever,” says 22-year-old Troy Swett. But he did, and he now he is ashamed of it. Like tens of thousands of people around the country, he breaks the law every day, abusing a powerful painkiller called OxyContin. “If I were to go without […]


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2002
23
Video: 48 Hours - Oxycontin Rapid Detox Procedure

Read: Troy Tries to Get Clean Troy couldn’t go more than a few hours without OxyContin before his body would begin feeling the painful effects of withdrawal. After enlisting help from Waismann Method, the young man is seen recovering in this clip from 48 Hours. The medical procedure takes less than two hours and completely […]


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2002
Aug13
'Rapid Detox' a Quick Fix for Opiate Addiction?

  by Robert Davis Andy Sachs is not the stereotypical opiate junkie. He gets his drugs from a pharmacy, not a street dealer. He began taking his medicine for severe pain, not for the high. And the drug he’s hooked on is more widely used than heroin. Six million people a year take OxyContin. His […]


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2002
Jul16
Young and Wild

Teen idol Leif Garrett’s world came crashing down when he drove a car over the side of an 80-foot hill in a drug-fueled stupor and paralyzed his passenger for life. The scandal and ensuing $7.1 million judgment against him sent the I Was Made for Dancing heartthrob spiraling down into the depths of heroin addiction. […]


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2002
Jun6
Is This the End of the Hollywood Hangover? (Excerpt)

Rapid Detox has become the celebrity health craze. The system is replacing the traditional cold turkey and 12 steps in Hollywood. Doctors at the Waismann Institute in Beverly Hills give patients an anesthetic before draining their bowels to flush out any drugs and toxins. They claim “film and music celebrities” among those they treat. “Sixty […]


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2002
Mar3
Celebrity Heroin Addicts Opt for Ultimate Quick Fix

As if life weren’t enough of a coast for celebrities, along comes a quickie rehab method that allows addicts to sleep through withdrawal – and drink booze once it’s over. Rapid detox, the trendiest health fad in Hollywood, sidesteps the traditional 12 steps in favor of what sounds like a medical miracle: weaning those hooked […]


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2001
Dec26
The Unexpected Dangers of Pain Relievers

by Leslie Pepper We gobble them like candy, but they can do more harm than good. Here are the risks you need to know. The Rising Tide of Prescription Abuse Courtney Love calls them the new LSD, or “lead singer’s drug.” Rapper Eminem has a tattoo of one on his bicep. David Spade even joked […]


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2001
Dec12
OxyContin Addiction - Addicted: Troy Tries to Get Clean

  December 12, 2001 In California, Troy Swett arrived at the Waismann Institute for Opiate Dependence. Troy was hooked to a morphine drip to keep him from withdrawal. “Troy Swett is a very typical patient we treat. If he doesn’t get his opiates, he’ll be very sick. After that he’ll crave these drugs. It’s a […]


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2001
Jun30
OxyContin Addiction: How One Little Table Causes Such An Uproar

June 30, 2001 How One Little Tablet Causes Such an Uproar by Rachel Dissell, News-Record Staff Writer Doctors who specialize in pain management and cancer treatment are cursing recent media coverage that trumpets only the alleged evils of OxyContin, an opiate that burst onto the market in 1996 after approval by the Food and Drug […]


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2001
Jun1
OxyContin Addiction Stories

Some tout the prescription painkiller OxyContin as a lifesaver that enables them to cope with chronic pain and live a “normal life.” Others who have taken the drug call it a “hell pill” that is highly addictive, even if taken as directed. Jeanette Murray, a registered nurse from the New River Valley area in Southwestern […]


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2001
May18
Hollywood's Vicodin Dependency

    Vicodin, it’s the hot new drug for pain and pleasure and, now, more Southern Californians than ever are popping handfuls of these pills becoming Vicodin junkies. Some say it’s harder to kick Vicodin than heroin. So, why are they doing it? And how are they getting it? Unit 13′s going undercover to find […]


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2001
Mar15
Addicted to Vicodin

Vicodin is the trendy pain pill that is getting Hollywood high. People are popping the drug at parties like candy. David Spade joked about the painkiller at the recent star- studded Golden Globe Awards. Controversial rapper Eminem includes lyrics about Vicodin in his music and even tattoos it on his arm. Courtney Love, quarterback Brett […]


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2001
Mar8
'Friends' Star's Matthew Perry Addiction to Vicodin is Latest Painful Hollywood Vice

  Matthew Perry, who entered rehab almost two weeks ago, can’t seem to kick it. Eminem has a Vicodin tattoo on his arm and a picture of a Vicodin tablet on his Slim Shady LP. David Spade cracked a joke about it on the Golden Globes telecast. And Darryl Strawberry has had problems with the […]


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1999
Sep1
Kicking Smack with Leif Garrett

  by Dave Wielenga “And . . . we . . . are . . . rolling!” says the guy pointing the Entertainment Tonight camera toward the hospital bed on which a bedraggled Leif Garrett is sitting for his latest way-too-closeup. The long-ago teen idol is 37 years old. His shoulder-length hair is greasy, his […]


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