Did you know? Every day seven Floridians die from prescription drug overdose.
It's the sad truth. Many people begin taking prescription drugs and then become addicted to them. They find themselves craving medications more and more and can't seem to live without them. In extreme cases, they can take too many and end their own lives.
At St. Petersburg General Hospital, we work to help people in our community beat their prescription drug addiction. Through the New Vision Medical Stabilization service, we assist patients who are ready to detox and remove these chemicals from their bodies. While this can be a dangerous process for someone to take on alone, through our program we can make patients more comfortable and assure their safety. New Vision is appropriate for people age 18 or older who have problems with drugs, alcohol or other health issues.
New Vision offers a fully qualified treatment team, including a medical director and a staff of nurses, who provide an individual treatment plan for each patient. Once admitted, patients are fully assessed and receive a complete medical exam. During the detoxification process, they are closely observed and monitored. And once the program is over, they are provided with referrals to counseling and rehabilitation services. In most cases, hospital stays are 3-5 days in length.
This medical stabilization program can be lifesaving, and we've seen it transform our patients' lives. To learn more, please visit us online or call 727-341-4913.
We also hope you'll tune in on Friday, July 13, at 8 pm for "If I Die Young," a very special presentation on ABC. Step inside the lives of local men and women who are struggling to beat drug addiction. ABC Action News and the Tampa Bay Times are proud to present this dramatic television event, brought to you by St. Petersburg General Hospital. The program will be re-aired on Sunday, July 15, at 3 pm.