5 Tips for Tapering Off of Opioids

(DGIwire) —  In light of recent reports surrounding some of the dangers of opioid addiction, anyone who has been prescribed opioids to treat their pain may be concerned. As the Mayo Clinic reports, although a patient may be eager to stop opioids altogether, the body needs time to adjust to lower levels of opioids and […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Treating Opioid Abuse Before It Takes Over a Life

(DGIwire) – Substance abuse often starts as self-medication—an attempt to stop the physical or emotional pain a person is feeling. However, drug dependency is very difficult to treat. Those with dependence are part of a community, and when one person has a drug problem, there often are several more. This is especially true today, with heroin use […]

When Life Hurts: Chronic Pain and the Quest for Less-Addicting Opioids

(DGIwire) – Pain is arguably the most common of all health complaints, with the discomfort usually short-lived. For many, however, pain is not easily reduced or eliminated. Insights on this dilemma were recently provided by Dr. William H. McCarberg, a founding member of the Chronic Pain Management Program at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, and voluntary assistant clinical […]

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 […]

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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