May 7, 2010
Palm Springs, Fl (rushPRnews) 05/07/10 — National Women’s Health Week - May 9-15,2010
--Shawn Southwick, Larry King’s soon-to-be-ex-wife, and Miss USA’s admission to prescription drugs addiction are among the most recent very public debacle making headlines the past few months. It is also reported that Ambien and Vicodin, two widely prescribed drugs played a role in Tiger Woods' recent woes. Prescription drug dependence has impacted the lives of individuals of all ages and socio-economic groups. The Orchid Recovery Center for women only, in South Florida with its gender-specific holistic approach is offering hope and healing to thousands of women nationwide. Its South Florida location is central in shining light (in bringing hope) to the drug debacle taking over the Sunshine State.
According to federal data compiled by the Broward Sheriff's Office, Broward County, Fla., has become the painkiller capital of the United States, feeding a brazen black market sprawling through the South and New England. With little or no regulations holding accountable pain management clinics in Florida, drug addicts and drug dealers cross state line to ‘fill up” with impunity. The area is rife with pain clinics that advertise legitimate medical treatment, but in reality are little more than “pill farms” where an individual can arrive with a credit card and leave with a doctor’s prescription for all the meds they wanted. No state agency regularly monitors many pain clinics where narcotics are dispensed. The state Department of Health regulates health care professionals, not facilities. The Agency for Health Care Administration oversees only the clinics that accept insurance, and many pain clinics take only cash.
The result is what some experts believe is a small portion of the country that may be responsible for almost half of the illicit distribution of prescription painkillers in the United States. In 2006, these clinics handed out 85 percent of all the oxycodone distributed by doctors nationally.
Raymond G. Ferrero III, J.D., executive director of health affairs for Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division said to RushPRnews, “South Florida has become an epicenter of the illegal prescription drug trade that’s feeding America’s demand for prescription
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The Orchid is a drug and alcohol rehab facility located in South Florida that is specifically geared to the needs of women afflicted with addiction and unresolved trauma. The Orchid was founded to meet the needs of women that were not being addressed by the recovery community. The Orchid holds the belief that substance abuse in women has a cause, a progress and a societal perception different than that of men. Specifically women addicts are more likely to have poor self concepts of guilt and blame, and mental health problems than male addicts. Furthermore, they are more likely than men to let social stigma, labeling and guilt prevent them from seeking help.
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