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Michigan’s Problem With Drug Treatment For Prescription Drug Addiction

The director of Life Guidance Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has seen an explosive need for drug rehab treatment for prescription drug addiction, while resources in the state coffers are getting low. “Prescription drug dependency is still on an increase, particularly with young people,” said Donna Kuiper. “Methadone is the gold standard of treatment for helping people stabilize their brain chemistry. It will stabilize the brain function so people can begin the hard work of recovery.” According to Phil Chvojka, a department specialist for the Michigan Department of Community Health, the state spent $6.5 million dollars on methadone treatment in 2009. Approximately $3.25 million dollars to $5.2 million was spent on counseling methadone patients. The number of people addicted to prescription painkillers who received state funded drug treatment for morphine, heroin and prescription drugs increased in Michigan from 8,758 people in 2000 to 19,806 people in 2010.

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