A Timely Account of Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

(DGIwire) – As the opioid epidemic continues to rage, we at ReviewLoft have come to enjoy learning about various strategies for addressing it. That’s why we were intrigued when we began reading Heroin Death: How to Stop the Opioid Crisis by Joseph C. Mancini, MD. Mancini offers a stark but informative history of the opioid […]

U.S. Raises Cap on Number of People Who Can Receive Buprenorphine

(DGIwire) – For those with opioid addiction, a key component to medication-assisted treatment is prescription buprenorphine. However, until mid-2016, there was a strict cap in place: qualified U.S. doctors were allowed to treat up to 100 patients per year with the drug. Now that cap has been loosened: in July 2016, in an effort to […]

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 […]

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 […]

A ‘Cheeky’ Solution to the Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

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 […]

As NYC Heroin Trade Surges, a New Push to Treat Opioid Addiction

(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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