Surgeon General’s Plea to Employers: Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Employers bear significant responsibility in solving the opioid epidemic. This was the message recently conveyed by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams to an audience of employer-sponsored healthcare benefit stakeholders in Washington, DC, according to HRDive.com. Speaking before the National Business Group on Health, the Surgeon General urged his audience to consider their […]

New Legislation Takes Aim at the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Many Americans have come to the realization that the opioid crisis can only be effectively addressed through a massive effort that involves government action. These days, the U.S. government is gearing up for more effective measures that can have the most positive impact on the greatest number of stakeholders. In April 2018, the […]

Topical or Systemic? The Road Ahead for Pain Management

(DGIwire) – There are several routes for delivering pain medication to patients. Two of the most important are the topical or transdermal route (in which a drug is placed directly on the skin and absorbed into the bloodstream) and the systemic route (in which a drug is taken orally). Which of these two options might […]

How to Recognize and Treat Opioid Addiction

(DGIwire) – Is a friend or family member abusing opioids? It may not be easy to tell, especially in the early stages of addiction. As the Mayo Clinic reports, studies suggest that up to one-third of people who take opioids for chronic pain abuse them and more than 10 percent become addicted over time. Here […]

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 […]

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