CEO Of Florida Addiction Recovery Center Talks Opioid Abuse During Today Show Appearance

I think that if the physicians would have taken the time years ago when I was an adolescent and prescribed controlled substances and educated not only me, but my family, that things could have possible ended up differently.

Speaking from heartfelt personal experience, Lighthouse Recovery Institute CEO Brittany Ringersen recently appeared on a Today show television segment regarding opioid prescriptions in the U.S. Given that Ringersen, 28, battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, being able to speak during the NBC television spot was personally fulfilling. However, she hopes that those still suffering hear her words and soon seek help.

The September 2017 Today show story addressed national drug store chains CVS and Walgreens making sincere efforts to curb opioid abuse. According to the article, CVS will soon distribute just one week’s worth of opioids in hopes of lowering instances of addiction. CVS, which is largest drug store chain in U.S., has 90 million members who’ll soon need a second note from their doctor in order to refill their opioid prescription. According to the report, Walgreens is also airing videos that offer personal perspectives from those affected by drug addiction.

“I think that if the physicians would have taken the time years ago when I was an adolescent and prescribed controlled substances and educated not only me, but my family, that things could have possible ended up differently,” Ringersen said, adding that her own battle with addiction was sparked by a simple visit to have her wisdom teeth taken out.

Given that the opioids OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet are often prescribed after dental surgery, Ringersen isn’t the first to be given powerful drugs to deal with post-surgery pains. However, she was able to overcome the grip of these painkillers and has been clear for nearly 10 years.

According to federal statistics, some 300,000 people have died as a result of opioid abuse in the U.S. since 2000. It’s appropriate then that the White House in late October 2017 declared the issue a “national health emergency.” Ringersen is encouraged by this as well as the fact that Florida’s largest health insurance company’s plans to no longer cover OxyContin as of Jan. 1, 2018….

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