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…

The Dangers of Prescription Pain Medications

Feb 3rd, 2016 Chronic Pain Dr. Silver 1 min read

The Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization, reported that in 2013 over 44,000 Americans died as a result of drug overdose. Drug overdoses have been rising since 2009, despite federal and state efforts to better monitor and control use of narcotics and other potentially addictive medications. Over half of these deaths were related to prescription drugs, and in 36 states more people died from…

Common Pain Medications that Can Be Deadly

Feb 3rd, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain Dr. Silver 6 min read

Although acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is heavily marketed for its safety, FDA recommends health care professionals to discontinue prescribing and dispensing drug products with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen due to the high risk of liver injury. Severe liver injury may occur in patients who: Took more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen containing product in a 24 hour period. Took more than one acetaminophen…