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Reducing Dependency on Opioids

The statistics are sobering regarding the impact of opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids, which include prescription pain relievers and heroin, killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. Prince’s death sheds light on the many issues regarding addiction to pain killers and brings to the forefront this extremely serious problem. A recent CNN article, says “One thing is clear. We’ll have to be tough and creative to fix the systemic failures that are costing American lives, whether famous or not.”

Dr. Joseph Alshon, an interventional pain management physiatrist with Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants, has developed an expertise in helping people reduce their dependency on opioids via a carefully monitored treatment called Suboxone therapy. The use of Suboxone can reduce patients’ addictive behavior, constant cravings, and other addiction hallmarks.

A recent Channel 10 WPLG segment featured Dr. Alshon and his patient Patrick, who was suffering from a growing dependency on pain killers. In pain and wanting to make a change, Patrick came to Dr. Alshon for help — and that led to Suboxone therapy. Since going through the treatment, Patrick’s quality of life has improved dramatically. Check out the segment here.