- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Prescription Drugs Detox and Treatment Saskatchewan
Small steps are being taken throughout Saskatchewan to try to combat prescription drug addiction. However with the amount of street drugs and street drug crimes out there, it is not currently top priority for police. Prescription drug addiction is on the rise though, with more and more people finding ways of obtaining what they need including, forging doctor prescriptions, stealing from hospitals, doctor shopping, or by taking them from a family member who has a legitimate prescription.
There are drug rehab facilities in Saskatchewan that specialise in helping an addict, or an addict’s family get them into the right kind of treatment program. Trying to do it alone can be quite frustrating as many people find long waiting lists and too much red tape to persevere through. There are many facilities in Saskatchewan, some funded by the province, and others being private centers, which help the addict through prescription drugs detox and treatments.
The province has recently established a program, following the death of a man who obtained three hundred prescriptions in the year prior (all were paid for by the federal government). This new program allows, when a doctor prescribes an addictive drug, to look into the database of collected information to see if this patient has recently seen another doctor and obtained the same prescription. This helps eliminate doctor shopping. Pharmacies can also check this data base, to see if the same person is filling a forged prescription at more then one pharmacy.
Symptoms to look for include sleeplessness or sleeping too much, confusion, irritability, change in friends, or attitude toward life and school. These symptoms could indicate that the person you care about is already on the road to addiction. Emergency rooms are filled with people who overdose on prescription drugs, and many deaths each year are caused by accidental overdose of prescriptions. If you suspect a problem call a doctor or a facility right away.
List of Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Detox Center