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 […]

6 Types of Substance Use Disorders

(DGIwire) – In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the latest version of its standard reference—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). In doing so, the APA replaced the categories of substance abuse and substance dependence with a single category: substance use disorder. Here are six of the most common […]

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 New BEMA of Light in the Cloud of Chronic Pain

NEW YORK – (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 […]

The Grand Illusion of Fame and Drug Addiction

(DGIwire) — Some people say that much of the best art, music and literature has been created by artists while they were “under the influence” of drugs. These critics might cite The Velvet Underground’s song “Heroin,” The Beatles’ classic  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or the works of punk artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Drug use, […]

For Those with Chronic Pain, the Goal is Relief

(DGIwire) Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer or any other sport—it’s hard not to get captured by the excitement once the Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, World Cup or any of the other tests of athletic superiority grip the masses. Sport aficionados […]

Senior Drug Abuse: A Quiet 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 the […]

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