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New Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

Each day more than 50 people in the U.S. die from prescription pain relievers. When you add the deaths related to heroin, that number jumps to 80 per day.[i]  Last week Congress passed legislation that hopes to reduce those figures. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), S. 524 was passed by the Senate in a nearly-unanimous (92-2) vote.  Having been previously passed by the House, it is expected to be signed by President Obama when it crosses his desk.

In these days of bipartisan politics, passage of the act shows the depth and breadth of the opioid crisis. No one is safe from the opioid epidemic as it crosses both racial and socio-economic lines.

What New Opioid Legislation Means for Pain Care and Integrative Medicine

According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is long overdue. But with it comes a solution that encompasses what CADCA refers to as the “six pillars.” Continue reading “New Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis” »

The 3 a.m. Grandpa: A Father’s Day Blog

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

I love 3 a.m. It was probably ingrained in me from my medical practice. Thirty years ago, during residency, I was on call every third night and I got up multiple times at 3 a.m. to attend to patients. Even later, after the training, if a patient called, I got up and went in to see them. I am used to getting up at 3 a.m. and, frankly, I love that time; a time so silent and calm, when most humans are asleep. Continue reading “The 3 a.m. Grandpa: A Father’s Day Blog” »

HOPE for Pain: From Treatment to Healing

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD

The woman (we will call her Joan) was 45 years old, and she did everything she could for her health. She ate right, worked out, took vacations, worked hard, and had a great family. But 15 years ago she was in a motor vehicle accident and sustained whiplash on her right side.  Although there was no severe physical damage, she began to develop neck stiffness and pain down her shoulder that was intractable.  It was then that her 15-year journey of pain began. Continue reading “HOPE for Pain: From Treatment to Healing” »

A Response to the CDC Opioid Guidline: Implementing Integrative Therapies into Chronic Pain Care

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A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD President & CEO Samueli Institute

A message from Wayne B. Jonas, MD President & CEO Samueli Institute

Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills. But opioid pain medication use presents serious risks, including overdose and opioid use disorder. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died from overdose related to opioid pain medication in the United States. Continue reading “A Response to the CDC Opioid Guidline: Implementing Integrative Therapies into Chronic Pain Care” »

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