The Use and Abuse Of Opiods

Members of the Community,

Integrated Pain Solutions needs your HELP. There is a nationwide crisis related to the use and abuse of opioids. Opioids, or narcotics, are commonly prescribed to treat and manage pain. This opioid epidemic has been occurring over the last decade in our country, with nearly 28,648 opioid related deaths in 2014.

It has also been found that the combination of opioids and benzodiazepines, commonly prescribed for anxiety, increase the likelihood of death 4 fold. This may seem like a faceless nationwide crisis, but very easily we can replace the faces affected by this epidemic by various friends, family members, and loved ones who may unknowingly be touched by this problem.

While previous approaches to treating and managing pain may have helped subside symptoms short-term, they did not aid patients and their quality of life, long term. Recently the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Medical Boards have released a new set of guidelines and recommendations that outline the use of opioids in chronic, non-cancer pain patients.

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At Integrated Pain Solutions, we have reviewed these guidelines and recommendations, and have formulated a comprehensive plan for our clinics that address these concerns, as well as our own concerns for the wellbeing of our patients and communities.

This plan includes avoiding the deadly combination of opioids and benzodiazepines, and implementing low dose opioid therapy in combination with other various techniques that include: physical therapy, procedures, movement/yoga therapy, psychological services, and ketamine infusion to help our patients manage their chronic, non-cancer pain in an effort to restore their function and quality of life.

Our goal at Integrated Pain Solutions is to work together with not only the community, but also with each patient. We encourage our patients to take control of their health care by working with our providers to create individualized treatment plans that will be the most beneficial to the patient.

Sincerely, 
The staff of Integrated Pain Solutions