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 […]

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, […]

Treatment Options Needed in Wake of President’s Heroin Initiative

(DGIwire) — In response to a national rise in fatal heroin overdoses, this past August the White House announced a new Heroin Response Strategy. The program would initially be funded for $2.5 million by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy through five “high-intensity drug trafficking areas” and cover 15 states, administration officials said […]

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 […]

Is a Way ‘In Reach’ to Guide Opioid Users to Recovery?

(DGIwire)   Try as some people might to turn a blind eye to the problem, fatal drug overdoses—especially from opioids and heroin—continue to rise. According to a recent release from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,257 people died of heroin-related causes in the U.S. in 2013, a significant increase from the previous year. […]

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 […]

Pain, Pleasure & Opioid Addiction Next Door

(DGIwire) — In many movies involving drug-addicted characters, the dramatic scenes often take place in back alleys with sketchy drug dealers in long coats, or in rundown drug dens. In real life, drug dependence—particularly dependence on opioids—can arise in a middle class or upper class home with a doctor’s prescription. The addict could be one’s next-door […]

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 […]

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