JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dr. Ray Pomm, an addiction psychiatrist said to beware of a drug popping up at pain clinics in Jacksonville. It's called Dilaudid. Pomm, the Medical Director at River Region treatment center, said pain doctors are pushing it hard now.
Pomm says it's a powerful narcotic and highly addictive. He says River Region has seen an increase of abuse of Dilaudid over the past few months.
Pomm said Dilaudid is being prescribed more and more because pain clinics realize that Oxycontin, once so popular, has gotten a bad rap. A few other drugs, as well, have gotten such bad publicity that patients shy away from them. Therefore, the pain clinics, Pomm said, are trying to push something different.
Pomm and other addiction experts say to remember that prescription painkillers have the potential to hook you within a couple weeks in some cases.
Plus, prescription painkillers mixed with alcohol or drugs such as Valium, can turn treacherous, even deadly.
Obviously, some people get help from prescription painkillers. But watch out, Pomm says.
If you or somebody you care about wants to get off an addiction to prescription drugs, including alcohol, here are some resources:
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS
Breakthroughs Counseling & Recovery Inc. (904) 739-2152
3810 Williamsburg Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
Greenfield Center (904) 389-37843
Shircliff Way, Jacksonville, FL
Awakening Recovery Center (904) 733-7383
Jacksonville Metro Treatment (904) 398-7015
3609 Emerson St, Jacksonville, FL
INPATIENT AND OTHER LEVELS OF TREATMENT
Lakeview (904) 642-9349
8889 Corporate Square Ct, Jacksonville, FL
Stepping Stones Treatment Center (904) 446-1041
1815 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Wekiva Springs Center (904) 296-3533
3947 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, FL
PUBLICLY ASSISTED TREATMENT PROGRAMS
River Region Human Services (904) 899-6300
390 Park St, Jacksonville, FL
Gateway Community Services Inc. (904) 387-4661
555 Stockton St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Gateway Community Services Inc. (904) 739-1922
1754 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL
YOUNG ADULT TREATMENT OPTION
Teen Challenge (904) 647-6358
3333 Phillips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL
12-STEP SUPPORT GROUPS
Narcotics Anonymous (904) 358-6262
Alcoholics Anonymous Northeast Florida Intergroup Services
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR LOVED ONES
Al-Anon (904) 350-0600
Jacksonville, FL 32202
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