Coping with Chronic Pain? 4 Tips for Relief

(DGIwire) – Those experiencing chronic pain have an array of sources of information at their disposal. One such resource is WebMD’s Chronic Pain Assessment tool. Although its specific recommendations depend on the exact nature and duration of the pain being felt, the tool provides several general tips to get started on the road to improved […]

An Urgent Letter on the Opioid Epidemic

(DGIwire) – About half of opioid overdose deaths involve prescription drugs, reports The New York Times. With this fact in mind, the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, sent an unusually direct plea in August 2016 to 2.3 million doctors and other healthcare workers to help fight the opioid epidemic by treating […]

Macklemore, a White House Visit & the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Rap artist Macklemore has entertained millions with his catchy songs. But back on May 14, 2016, the hip-hop star had a more serious topic in mind: he appeared alongside the President during the weekly White House address to discuss addiction to opioids and those who overdose on prescription painkillers, according to a report […]

Opioid Addiction: When and How to Seek Treatment

(DGIwire) — America currently faces a daunting epidemic of opioid addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), opioids are medications that reduce the intensity of pain signals and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus. Medications that fall within this class, NIDA reports, include hydrocodone, […]

Fighting Back: Anti-Opioid Abuse Bill Introduced to Congress

(DGIwire) – What are the most effective ways for lawmakers to address the opioid epidemic? According to a recent article on Masslive.com, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts has introduced the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education, and Enforcement Act of 2015 to federally fund local programs aimed at combatting drug addiction. The bill, […]

Massachusetts Town Reforms Its Approach to Helping Opioid Abusers

(DGIwire) — If you walked into a police station in Gloucester, MA holding opioids any time after June 1, 2015, you wouldn’t be charged with a crime, according to The Christian Science Monitor. That’s because Police Chief Leonard Campanello is making a concerted effort to change how the town deals with drug addiction. Instead of being […]

What Limiting Access to Prescription Opioids Means for Vets

(DGIwire)   According to a recent article in Washington Post, federal restrictions on patient access to prescription opioids could have unintended consequences for the people who risk their lives for our safety and freedom. The rule would require veterans to return to their doctor each month to receive a prescription if they want to continue receiving […]

Voices of Opioid Dependence: Giving Family and Friends the Power to Hear

    (DGIwire) — “I wish my family understood how hard recovery is. They didn’t understand what a difficult time period it was for me. I felt they were questioning me, ‘Why don’t you just stop? Can’t you just put the drugs down?’ People don’t understand, it doesn’t just work like that. It’s not something […]

Is a “Stiff Upper Lip” Seriously the Only Option When in Pain?

(DGIwire) — Chronic lower back pain has become a common complaint. Does this mean we should just resign ourselves to a stiff lower dorsum and keep a stiff upper lip? The answer is no, because when back pain becomes constant, it can lead to serious consequences. Since chronic lower back pain is difficult to diagnose and […]

Opioid Addiction: Blame it on the Brain

(DGIwire) — Toxic relationships, with another person or an addictive substance, can be hard to escape. Blame it on the brain: according to neuroscientists at Harvard University Medical School, the brain registers all pleasures in the same way, whether they originate from a psychoactive drug, a monetary reward, a sexual encounter or even a satisfying […]

The Chronic Pain Puzzle: How Treatments Can Foster Addiction

(DGIwire) — Healthcare providers have long wrestled with the puzzling question of how to best to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain—a population of roughly 116 million people in the United States alone, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Their dilemma stems from the potential risks involved with long-term treatment, such as […]

Slowing Down the Fastest-Growing Addiction in America

(DGIwire) — When we think of addiction, especially life-threatening addiction, alcohol or stimulants may be the first things that come to mind. We probably all know at least one person, either a family member or friend, who has struggled with the demon of alcohol addiction. Not everyone can think of a friend who has tried […]

Seniors & Drugs: An Abuse Epidemic

(DGIwire) — When we think about drug addiction, seniors are certainly not the first age group that comes to mind. But here’s the reality: one quarter of the prescription drugs sold in the United States are used by the elderly, often for problems such as chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety, according to ModernMedicine.com. According to […]

Warning: Don’t Ignore These Signs of Opioid Dependence

(DGIwire) — The road to opioid addiction is sometimes paved with good intentions. Maybe someone had a bad skiing accident and broke his leg. The surgery went well, but the surgeon suggests that the patient stay in the hospital for a little while, just so they can ensure proper healing. However, the patient in constant […]

A Push to Treat Opioid Addiction as Heroin Trade Surges

(DGIwire) – The flood of heroin coming into and out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, according to The New York Times. A recent article noted the amount of heroin seized in investigations involving the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget G. Brennan, has already surpassed last […]

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