February 28, 2018

The opioid crisis has been brought in the public eye for some time in the US.

As many as 46 people died daily in 2016 in US alone because of overdosing on prescription opioids. Opioids have been chosen historically by medical professionals to treat chronic pain as the lesser evil between human suffering and potential dependency or overdose risks, as there were no other options available to help longtime suffering patients.
In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids and as many as 1 in 4 patients receiving prescription opioids struggle with addiction. (source)


But nowadays other methods of managing chronic pain are emerging, methods that are focused on improving patient’s quality of life without the drawbacks of opioids use. Modern therapy for chronic pain focusses on three main tools: the use of non-opioid medication, physical therapy and behavioural therapy.A recent announcement was made by Seattle company 2Morrow inc that has launched an app aimed to help to manage chronic pain. Created with the help of clinical psychologists and behavioural scientists, the app offers a long-term tool for patients to engage with on a daily basis. The app’s aim is to help patients build skills to cope better and feel less pain, working to improve the mood and reduce pain-related anxiety. (source)

While the newly launched app will not replace the relief offered by opioids it will add to the options medical professionals can offer patients, especially in conjunction with physical therapy and less addictive medicine.

At Hospices of Hope we are watching with great interest this sector of the market and believe this is the future of medicine in managing chronic pain. Read more on managing chronic pain with the help of technology here.

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