It’s become clear that excessive use of opioids is a problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioids are considered a driving force in the 15-year increase in opioid-related deaths with 91 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. What can be done to decrease these overdoses? Many factors and opinions play into the decisions around how best to tackle this problem.
When it comes to taking medications, it’s important to make decisions about continuing, changing or stopping them based off an understanding of the potential for both risks and benefits. Medications should only be used if the benefits outweigh the potential harms or risks.
Today marks the beginning of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is devoted to minimizing the negative impact drugs and alcohol can have by educating young people using science from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to dispel potentially harmful drug and alcohol myths.
Adverse drug reactions (ADR) cause between 5-7% of all hospitalizations, and result in over 140,000 fatalities annually. These staggering statistics highlight why it is so important to understand what ADRs are and what can be done about them.
78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These staggering statistics have brought about several initiatives aimed at reducing the prescribing of opioids and limiting their availability to the masses. At the same time, chronic pain continues to be a common health problem - especially for injured workers. The balance of aggressive chronic pain treatment with the need to minimize the risks of opioids has left several people wondering what the future of opioids and pain management will look like.
Within the last decade, the internet has become a mecca of information. More and more people are turning to the web to find helpful information with the push of a button. But with so much content to sort through, how do people recognize valuable and factual information?
Chronic pain affects about 1 out of every 4 people in the U.S. at a cost of about $600 billion per year. Pain has become a widespread problem that we at IWP care about improving.
At the heart of every workers' compensation claim is an injured worker who is seeking the benefits that will help them return to work quickly and without issue. Over the past few years, we've seen several trends within work comp aimed at improving patient care and lowering overall costs.
Opioids have become a topic that, we as a nation, are learning not to take lightly. At IWP, we strive to empower people to make informed decisions about their medications. Specifically, when considering opioids for chronic pain, there are important considerations to take into account to help ensure they are used only when their benefits outweigh their risks.
Chronic pain can come in many different forms. Somatic, visceral and neuropathic pain are just a few types of pain that an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from. Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, continues to be a significant medical issue, as a reported 7-8% of adults currently have chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics.