AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to combat global prescription drug abuse, Withdrawal Ease — the leading nutritional supplement system designed to help ease the physical and emotional discomfort of withdrawal — has announced its launch into Canada and Australia. Countries in the U.K., Europe and South America are expected to follow later in 2014.
In the US, it's no secret that painkiller abuse is out of control. From California to Florida, the number of people dependent on opiates like Oxycodone and Vicodin is at an all-time high. More Americans die each year from opiate overdose than car accidents according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). But the problem isn't just an American issue, it's a global issue.
Canadians are among the highest abusers of prescription opiates with overall usage doubling over the past decade. And according to statistics obtained by Health Canada, one in six Canadians have abused opiates in the past 12 months.
Opiate abuse is on the rise in Australia as well. According to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, demand has increased more than five fold in Australia over the last 3 years. This increase in demand has been linked to increased overdose deaths among middle aged Australians.
Withdrawal Ease was designed specifically for opiate/painkiller withdrawal symptoms. Each system includes two formulations — daytime and nighttime — containing a proprietary blend of 16 vitamins, herbs and amino acids to help reduce the acuity of opiate withdrawal symptoms.
According to founder George Catlin, a supplement like Withdrawal Ease is often the only option for people struggling with painkiller addiction.
"For most people physically dependent on painkillers, rehab isn't an option because of the cost and time requirements," says Catlin. "That is why we developed Withdrawal Ease. It's simply one option for those that want to detox from opiates comfortably, privately and affordably from home."
In the US, about 131 million prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing medications were written for about 47 million patients, according to government estimates. That amounts to about five billion pills.
ABOUT WITHDRAWAL EASE
Withdrawal Ease is a nutritional supplement designed to help ease the pain of withdrawal. Since 2009, Withdrawal Ease has helped thousands of people ease their dependency to painkillers. Find out more at withdrawal-ease.com.
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