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One of our most popular articles of all time and the top story on our site was written by Associate Professor Dr. Westscot Krieger of the Medical College of Wis…
One of our most popular articles of all time and the top story on our site was written by Associate Professor Dr. Westscot Krieger of the Medical College of Wisconsin-one of the top ranked medical colleges in the entire country. In the article he explains the necessity of prescribing opioid drugs with an OxyContin/Ritalin combination. He also discusses why it is so hard for people to kick the habit, even if they are trying hard. Dr. Krieger states in his article that OxyContin is the “destroyer not the healer”. This article is very important as it discusses the dangers of OxyContin addiction and why it is so hard to fight this addiction once it has begun.
Dr. Krieger is a long term advocate of methadone maintenance programs for heroin addicts. Recently he developed a program for chronic pain patients with advanced cancer who are also in need of addiction treatment at the Opioid Addiction Treatment Center in Menasha, WI. The goal of the Menasha Opioid Clinic is to provide high quality, effective, comprehensive care for all patients who have a pressing need for medical care and addiction counseling. Since there have been a large number of deaths in recent years of people that had long term addiction to prescription pain medications such as OxyContin, Dr. Krieger has become a strong critic of the pharmaceutical companies’ push to promote their drug, OxyContin, as the cure all for prescription drug addictions. He has strongly advocated against the continued marketing of OxyContin by pharmaceutical companies, calling it a “weed killer”. Recently the Opioid Addiction Center for treatment in Menasha was sued by a former patient who claimed her husband died of drug addiction from taking OxyContin.
Dr. Krieger’s views on drug addiction are quite radical and are opposed to the medical community’s common consensus when it comes to offering addiction treatment using medications like OxyContin. He believes that you can cure a man of addiction through willpower, and that drug addiction is primarily mental rather than physical. To this day, there is no medical test that can tell a person’s actual level of addiction, only that he has taken the drug. However, addiction can be successfully fought with the right drug regimen, psychological counseling, and motivation. If you or someone you know suffer from any form of addiction, please seek the counsel of a professional addicted to drugs before it can take control of your life.