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CHRONIC PAIN & OPIOIDS
But what is chronic pain?
  • pain that that lasts for weeks to years
  • is considered a disease itself
  • may be caused by inflammation or
    dysfunctional nerves
  • can be influenced by environmental
    and psychological factors
  • resistant to most medical treatments

100 million adults suffer from chronic pain in the U.S.

How is chronic pain typically treated?

Opioids are powerful drugs intended to act on the nervous system to relieve pain. If experiencing chronic pain, you have about a 1 in 4 chance of being prescribed an opioid pain reliever. Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DANGERS OF OPIOIDS – 42,249 overdose death in the United States during 2016. Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Your risk of dying from using opioids

You are 2.5x more likely to die from opioid use than all U.S. soldiers killed at the peak of the Vietnam War.

CAR CRASHES – You are more likely to die this year from opioid use than in a traffic accident. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

You are 2.3x more likely to die from opioid use than HIV/AIDS.  Source: U.S. Department of Health Human Services

DID YOU KNOW? YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM OPIOIDS THAN BREAST CANCER, PROSTATE CANCER OR MELANOMA.   Sources: America Cancer Society, National Health Institutes

40% OF OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS INVOLVE A PRESCRIPTION OPIOID

Are opioids really worth the risk?

For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial.  Source: LA Times (Mar 6, 2018)

With 175 Americans dying a day, what are the solutions to the opioid epidemic?  Source: USA Today (Jan 29, 2018)

‘We are killing innocent people’: Stunned doctor warns of opioid danger, even when taken as prescribed  Source: Desert News Utah (Dec 9, 2017)

Cost Of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is $1 Trillion And Climbing Source: NPR (Feb 13, 2017)

The opioid crisis is a government failure of epic proportions Source: Washington Post (Mar 2, 2018)

Hope in natural alternatives

States have begun passing laws restricting opioid prescriptions. Even Medicare is planning to crackdown leaving doctors scrambling to find safer and more effective alternatives.

The promise of medical foods

One of the most promising opioid replacements is a class of products known as “medical foods,” formulated to meet the unique dietary needs of various disease states.

Did you know?

Theramine, Trepadone and Percura have over a decade of clinical success reducing
pain, inflammation and improving the daily function of patients with chronic pain They
supply the nervous system with the fuel it needs to meet the increased demands of chronic pain without dangerous side effects of opioids.

Learn more at: www.medicalfoods.com

Douglas is a leading technologist & key strategist with more than two decades experience in the health care and manufacturing industries.

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