The health care team at Waismann Method® urges immediate government action at local, state, and federal levels to reduce and prevent more fentanyl overdose deaths.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 24, 2021 – In light of the recent CDC data regarding the alarming number of drug overdoses and as part of an ongoing commitment to combat the opioid crisis, the Waismann Method® team called for immediate and much broader recovery strategies, including effective medical detoxification, accessible mental health care, and nationwide prevention measures.
According to the latest CDC provisional data, over 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 12 months. Experts presume that the rise in fatal overdoses is directly linked to the COVID pandemic and the influx of fentanyl into the country. Unfortunately, this number is expected to be underestimated, and evidence shows that future data will likely be much grimmer.
“The large number of people calling us, describing the vast number of friends and relatives overdosing on fentanyl is alarming,” said Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC, founder of Waismann Method and Domus Retreat. “The social isolation created by the pandemic and the never before seen availability of illicit fentanyl in this country had only made a terrible situation much worse. A crisis that will take a multi-facet, steep and immediate approach to change its trajectory and save people’s lives.”
Waismann Method team calls for immediate steps that would enable people to gain the medical and emotional help they so desperately need. Including a nationwide campaign to educate the public on the terrifying risks of using illicit drugs, expanding accessible mental health services across communities, and steady fast efforts to stop the smuggling and trafficking of fentanyl into the country.
Waismann stressed that while pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl has an effective clinical use when prescribed by physicians, its illicit form has become the most common and deadly drug in the streets, leading to an alarming rise in overdose deaths. Law enforcement agencies across the country warn that counterfeit pills can appear identical to legitimate prescription medications, which makes it nearly impossible to know whether internet-purchased or street-purchased pain pills have been laced with fentanyl. Other drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, and now, even marijuana, are often laced with fentanyl, causing those with no tolerance to opioids to be at a much higher risk of death.
As experts in medically assisted opioid detoxification and rapid detox, the Waismann Method team understands addiction’s physical and emotional consequences. For that reason, they urge local, state, and federal efforts to make sure medical and mental health care is accessible to everyone who needs it, not just those who can afford it.
“Fortunately, we have the resources, knowledge and ability to provide people the medical and emotional help they need. We just need the fentanyl crisis to be treated as the urgent national priority that it is.”
About Waismann Method® Opioid Treatment Specialists
WAISMANN METHOD® is a world-renowned treatment program that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques based on safe and proven protocols. Founded in 1998 by Clare Waismann, SUDCC, and medically directed by Michael H. Lowenstein M.D., the center offers a variety of medically assisted detoxification techniques performed in a full-service accredited hospital in So. California, including opioid detoxification under anesthesia, also known as rapid detox.
At Waismann Method, we utilize the most up-to-date medical science to ensure patient safety, comfort, and treatment success. We help each patient overcome the fear and shame of seeking and getting treatment – by reducing withdrawal discomfort and physical cravings while providing a compassionate and effective medical solution for opioid dependence.
The Waismann Method team works with each patient to create a treatment program that provides the best chance of a healthy and productive life without opiates.
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