“Prescription Drug Abuse: Society’s Newest Epidemic” Ira Levy On the Air Friday June 21 12:00 Noon

Ira Levy will be helping to educate and inform as he participates in a discussion of the prescription drug abuse epidemic

Ira Levy of Sunrise Detox in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will join Dr. Lisa Stewart of VoiceAmerica for a radio show about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in America.

Ira Levy will be a guest on a special episode of Voice America's Health and Wellness program this Friday, June 21, at noon. Ira will provide insights into what is being called the “new epidemic” of prescription drug abuse and addiction.

Over the past several years prescription drug abuse (especially misuse of opioid pain killer medicines) has surged beyond anyone's expectations. Addiction to these drugs is one of the leading causes of preventable death in America.

Sunrise Detox treats thousands of patients every year for substance abuse, and prescription drugs compete with alcohol for the top substance abuse issue month after month. While government administrators and drug enforcement agents often spout statistics about crime and bad people doing drugs, Ira will show how regular everyday good people are suffering the consequences of addiction. Addictive substances now follow everyday events like minor injuries, doctor's orders, and everyday life challenges.

Drug addiction is no longer a problem for only “drug addicts”. Powerful opioid pain killers show up in almost everyone's medicine cabinet these days.

  • “Prescription Drug Abuse – Society’s Newest Epidemic” featuring Ira Levy of Sunrise Detox
  • Hosted by Dr. Lisa Stewart
  • June 21, 2013 at 12 noon Eastern time or via Podcast published after the show

From the studio:

Most people have had pain medication prescribed to them by a physician at some point in their lives. The recovery from knee and back surgery, for example, can be long and painful. What are the dangers of taking these prescribed pain medications? How can we avoid the damage caused by addiction to these medications that are supposed to be helping us? What can both doctors and patients do to become more aware of the dangers? Join Dr. Lisa Stewart as she talks with Ira Levy, an addictions specialist, about this national epidemic. Learn important information about the addiction cycle as it pertains to pain medication, and preventative measures that can be taken on an individual level to avoid the nightmare of physical and psychological addiction. Treatment options and specific strategies for this population of addicts will also be discussed.


“…3 to 4 Oxys a day…Is that a lot?”

“I just found out that  my spouse has been snorting Oxycotin for approximately 1 year. He says he has been doing 3 to 4 80 mg pills a day for 5 months. What kind of help does he need?  Is that a lot?”

That is a lot of Oxy. Your spouse is addicted and needs professional help. It is extremely difficult to detox and remain abstinent from any opiate drug on one’s own.

The best course of treatment would be clinical detox, followed by inpatient treatment and then aftercare — along with a 12-step program such as NA for support. This is the course that is most likely to work. If you do not have insurance to cover detox and treatment, check with your local mental health society for resources in your area. As a last resort, short-term detox with Suboxone and support from Narcotics Anonymous is an option.  Avoid methadone treatment; it only switches one addiction for another, and it is more difficult to get off methadone than oxycodone.

You must also understand that the problem will only get worse with time. Promises to “quit after the holidays, after (whatever)” mean nothing. The only meaningful action your spouse can take is to get help. Period. Everything else is blowing smoke to protect his addiction.

For yourself: Nar-Anon* or Alanon, to learn more about the disease of addiction and how to keep from being further enveloped in the madness. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.