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CDC Says Rapid Opioid Detox Should Be Avoided

As the opiate epidemic destroys countless lives and communities around the world, people are looking for quick ways to detox off of opiates without the hellish withdrawal symptoms. One popular form of detoxification from opiates is called “Rapid Opioid Detoxification” or (ROD). ROD is a medical procedure in which clinicians rapidly induce withdrawal through the monitored therapeutic administration of opioid antagonists.  Basically Doctors use anesthesia to put an addict to sleep, then give them medication that helps detox the body from opiates rapidly.

The idea of ROD is ideal and seems too good to be true. Who wouldn't want to be put to sleep to avoid feeling any discomfort from opiate withdrawals only to awaken “clean” and no longer addicted.  Unfortunately according to the CDC, the use of anesthesia-assisted rapid opiate detoxification carries substantial risk, including the risk of death and the CDC claims it should be avoided.

According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Poison Control Center has been alerted of three cases of serious adverse side effects occurring after the procedure at one clinic. One of these serious effects lead to the death of one patient. For obvious reasons, the department ordered the clinic to stop performing Rapid Opiate Detox immediately so they could investigate what may have caused the death. After investigating the clinic and it's records, an additional four cases turned up serious side effects including a second death.

The city and state health departments in agreement with the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services collectively advised providers to no longer perform this procedure until more research can be done. They have asked for them to use evidence based approaches for the management of opioid addiction.

Rapid Opioid Detoxification should raise eyebrows and create major concern for patients looking to have this procedure done. When it comes to the fear of withdrawal symptoms, many patients may go ahead with the procedure even though they heard the potential consequences. The CDC needs to get state governments involved with this issue to help prevent any future deaths. If ROD does show to have negative reactions then more research needs to be done before more deaths occur.

Opiate addiction is a dangerous disease that can be overcome through dedication and the will power to get clean.  People will always look for an easy way out of dealing with something difficult, so ROD may seem like a blessing. It is becoming more and more obvious as time goes on that all of the quick and easy treatments may not be as simple, safe and easy as they seem. Going through withdrawal while seeking professional therapy, using a natural aid such as CalmSupport and the support of those who care for you may be the best scenario and safest possible solution for quitting opiates.


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