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The Opioid Epidemic Has Driven Down Life Expectancy in the US

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The opioid epidemic escalating across the U.S. is now having a detrimental impact on life expectancy. New research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that increased death rates are due to the rise in accidental overdoses caused by pharmaceutical medications along with illicit opioids. With the United States was once at the forefront […]

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More Than a Third of Americans Prescribed Opioids in 2015

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Millions of Americans suffer from a wide-range of debilitating chronic conditions that make everyday life painful. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 1 in every 4 Americans – around 76 million people – suffer from chronic pain that lasts for more than 24 hours. A large percentage of those Americans are being prescribed […]

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FDA Requests That Opioid Painkiller Be Removed From The Market

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement demanding the removal of the Opana ER opioid from the market. Five years ago Endo Pharmaceuticals reworked its Opana ER painkiller to make it “uncrushable” in the hopes of stopping people from snorting tablets in powder form. The goal to crack down on addiction backfired […]

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Minnesota Emergency Room Combats Pain With Acupuncture

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In an effort to reduce the need for pain medication, a Minnesota hospital is beginning a new treatment regime. St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee started offering acupuncture in its emergency room as a way to avoid the escalating opioid epidemic. This service is provided for free, with funding provided by the Saints Healthcare […]

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University of Michigan MD Hasn’t Prescribed An Opioid In A Decade

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For the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, the desire for a permanent solution is often met with prescriptions for strong painkillers. The National Center for Health Statistics says that 1 in every 4 Americans, that’s around 76 million people, suffer from chronic pain that lasts for more than 24 hours. It’s likely […]

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Considering Acupuncture As A Safer Pain Management Tool Over Opioids

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Here at the clinic we champion a safe, side effect-free approach to pain management. An individual’s specific health complaints are what guide medical practitioners, helping them to determine a suitable course of treatment. While there are certain cases that require strong painkillers, the use of opioids in the United States is on the rise. Recent […]

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Opioids Might Be Worsening Chronic Pain

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A new study published by Professor Peter Grace of the University of Boulder in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences aimed to examine the long-term effects of their usage. Grace and his fellow researchers set out to question not just the efficacy of opioids – but whether or not they worsen chronic pain […]

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