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 […]

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 […]

No More Stiff Upper Lip for Back Pain Sufferers

(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 […]

A Goal of Relief for Those with Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — The World Cup riles up sports fans on every continent. Even for people who don’t typically enjoy watching sports, the World Cup became more of a community event, with people gathering at friends’ houses or local bars to cheer on their favorite teams. Much like the Super Bowl and World Series, watching the […]

The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse

(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 […]

For Those with Opioid Dependence, a New Approach on the Road Toward Health

 (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 […]

A BEMA of Light to Effectively Treat Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, such as migraines or back or joint pain. For those with chronic pain, life can seem like a never-ending cycle of drug treatments to find relief. Chronic pain might originate from a particular event, such as a car accident or sports-related […]

Home Management Tips for Acute or Chronic Lower Back Pain

 (DGIwire) – Some people bend over the wrong way while picking up a heavy box in their basement. Or maybe they have to deal with a chronic degenerative condition such as arthritis or a slipped disc that never healed properly. Regardless of the cause, lower back pain can be excruciating. It can also be very […]

A Smart Solution for Pain Sufferers May Be on the Horizon

(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 […]

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