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Christian drug rehabs were excited about a drug abuse summit held recently in Oregon to discuss the prescription pill abuse epidemic ravaging the state. Christian drug rehab centers recently have seen an increase in prescription pain pill abusers at their substance abuse treatment centers. Therefore, they were pleased that federal, state, local and private sector officials highlighted certain concerns related to prescription pill abuse in Oregon.
Experts from Christian drug rehabs say the prescription pain pill problem in the U.S. has become such an epidemic that Christian drug rehab centers are developing special programs specifically designed to address pain pill addiction. Oregon is a state that has had a major increase in drug rehab patients addicted to prescription opiates.
Some major areas of concern at the summit were: high overdose rates, high rates of misuse among military veterans and how prescription drugs are portrayed in American pop culture.
Attendees worked on collaborative efforts to increase public awareness of the dangers of prescription drugs. They want to initiate more educational campaigns to spread their message concerning pain pill abuse and perform more training in the healthcare sector so doctors and nurses can better identify drug addiction. Once doctors and nurses can identify addiction in a patient, they will better equipped to offer a substance abuse treatment center or drug rehab solution for their addicted patient.
Director of National Drug Policy, Gil Kerlikowske calls prescription drug abuse a "threat to the health and safety of young people in Oregon." He believes parents have a responsibility to protect their children by discussing with them the consequences of pain pill abuse.
Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski said, "governments at the local, state, and federal levels have a role in reducing the abuse of prescription drugs. But at the core is our responsibility as adults and parents to educate our children and talk to them about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs."
At present, ONDCP is coordinating a government wide public health campaign to reduce drug abuse and the consequences to the nation. Through this effort, funding for substance abuse treatment will increase by $137 million. They also hope to increase access to drug treatment for addicts under the Affordable Care Act. These funding increases are good news for Christian drug rehabs.