SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- The United States is facing a national opioid epidemic, and sadly Florida and the Suncoast are at the heart of the issue. Combating the problem is one of the few issues our politically divided country agrees on, and Eastern Medicine may have some solutions. Russ Battiata, President of East West College, and Program Chair Brandon Fuller, talk about acupunture and opioids on Suncoast View.
Brandon says, "Opioid addicts are not just street drugs users, the addiction can start innocently from a prescription to treat an injury or illness. Opioids are a family of mid- to high-strength painkillers that are routinely prescribed to treat everything from chronic fibromyalgia, to pain caused by cancer treatment, and they are highly addicting. Evidence is beginning to suggest that percentages of opioid users who are prescribed a routine opioid medication find themselves quickly "hooked", progressing through the stages of opioid addiction by building tolerance, consuming increasing dosages, and developing dependencies that ultimately cause strong addictions."
Russ Battiata says, " Eastern Medicine handles pain differently than western medicine. Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to meeting this need. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the management of numerous types of pain conditions, and mechanisms of action for acupuncture have been described and are understandable from biomedical, physiologic perspectives. Acupuncture's cost-effectiveness can dramatically decrease health care expenditures. Acupuncture is healthier and more holistic. It a helps the body to regulate our innate natural pain relievers; such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, and it does not cause addiction tendencies.
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