Dr Frances Collins

NIH Launches New Initiative to Combat Opioid Crisis

Dr. Frances Collins announced a new NIH initiative to combat the opioid crisis aimed at bolstering research to prevent addiction through better pain management. As reported by the Courier Journal, the NIH will significantly boost research on addiction and opioid abuse through a near-doubling of funds, and will focus on treatment, prevention and the search for non-addictive therapies for pain. The aim… Continue Reading NIH Launches New Initiative to Combat Opioid Crisis

Art Therapy

Appalachian Art Therapy for Recovering Addicts

A new program sponsored by the Appalachian Artisan Center in Eastern KY, hopes that art therapy can help recovering addicts. As reported by WYMT, Knott County artists and representatives from local recovery centers met this week to talk about using art to help people recovering from addiction. “They’ll find a purpose and something they’re passionate about which is always important… Continue Reading Appalachian Art Therapy for Recovering Addicts

Acupuncture

Veterans Turn To Acupuncture Instead of Opioids

Veterans in North Carolina are using acupuncture to fight pain instead of opioids. The VA has approved the therapy as a drug-free pain relief option for vets. As reported by WRAL, many military veterans leave the service with chronic pain issues. They are often prescribed narcotic pain relievers, which comes with a big risk of a dangerous addiction. But some… Continue Reading Veterans Turn To Acupuncture Instead of Opioids

Hospital Pain

“This Might Hurt” – Hospitals Brace Patients for Pain

As healthcare providers face relentless cost pressures, and fight for high patient satisfaction scores – one of the key mantras has been to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible. While obviously a worthy goal, what this mindset has meant in practice is a high reliance on opioid-based pain relievers at every part of the patient experience. As the… Continue Reading “This Might Hurt” – Hospitals Brace Patients for Pain

Back pain

An Opioid Fix? Integrated Pain and Addiction Management

With millions of people across the country at risk for opioid addiction due to their pain medications, some health providers are trying new approaches for pain relief and pain management. As reported in the Washington Post, companies like Kaiser Permanente have created special programs that help at risk patients manage their pain and their medications. For example, an eight-week course,… Continue Reading An Opioid Fix? Integrated Pain and Addiction Management