How the New CDC Guidelines Might Affect You

Apr 6th, 2016 opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has finalized their guidelines/recommendations with regards to prescribing opioid medications in chronic pain by primary care physicians.  The recommendations are in response to an increase in both the prescribing of opioid pain medications by primary care physicians and in response to an increase in overdoses related to prescription narcotics.  Between 1999 and 2014, over 165,000 Americans died as a result…

New Legislation Restricts Opioid Use

Feb 12th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

The State of Massachusetts is poised to pass some of the most aggressive legislation in the country to combat improper use of opioid medications.  In response to the CDC’s report that 1162 people in Massachusetts died as a result of opioid overdose in 2014, the governor and legislature reached a compromise to help control opioid use and reduce the risk of overdose. Patients will be…

Opioid Related Deaths on the Rise

Feb 6th, 2016 Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

Natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include commonly prescribed pain medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are involved in more overdose deaths than any other type of opioid. Although drug overdose deaths associated with opioids declined from 2011 to 2013 there was a sharp 9% increase in 2014.   More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year…