30 May ElectroTherapy’s Potential Resonates as Opioid News Dominates the Nation’s Worries
The passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives provides a new context for us to review the opioid crisis in America. While it is expected that the Senate will ultimately produce a bill that treats opioids — and many other medical concerns — differently, it’s the right time to spark a new conversation.
The law will change, though no one can say for certain how it will change, so we must take a proactive stance to fighting opioids though treatment options including counseling and pain management alternatives like electrotherapy.
Keep Your Wellness Practice in Mind
Changes in how our society treats drugs and how our laws manage treatments, as well as misuse, will remain fluid. It is up to the healthcare community to look out for our patients’ well-being regardless of shifts in law or culture.
The latest research notes that those suffering from addiction need to be in a quality treatment program for at least 18 months to fight opioid addiction because of the immense desire it creates in the brain.
Part of the treatment is providing safe alternative pain management tools like electrotherapy. Another part is limiting the need for opioid access in initial treatment, especially for chronic conditions.
Our goal is to provide that piece of the puzzle and to learn from practitioners like you what else we can do to help and what you may need to increase your chances of successfully loosening the grip opioids have on our country.
We hope you’ll keep this in mind for the conversations you have in your local community and with other professionals. ElectroMedical Technologies wants to be part of the opioid epidemic’s solutions by providing alternatives to pain relief, and we look forward to finding additional ways to help partners and practitioners like you address this ongoing crisis.
What We Are Seeing: Battlefields Are Classrooms and Bathrooms
The disturbing reality of the opioid epidemic is that overdoses are happening in public places, and members of the public will be the ones to find victims or the dead.
Hospital lobbies and restrooms, as well as nearby bathrooms, are one of the biggest areas for public usage because treatment is close. This risk places an undue burden on the public and staff, but it will take a concerted effort to addressing the crisis to put this on a downward trend.
Dozens of college and high school students are included the group of people who die from opioid overdoses each year. More drug abuse and overdose deaths are taking place on campuses.
The problem is significant enough that the drug company Adapt Pharma Ltd. Is offering 40,000 doses of its brand name anti-overdose drug Narcan to colleges in the U.S.
Recovery programs are growing, but the need on our campuses highlights that what can begin as a pain management concern for one person can quickly become a fatal risk to some of our most vulnerable.
So, Why Does Electrotherapy Matter?
Healthcare professionals play a role in the funnel of new users and abusers each time an opioid is used to treat someone who may not need it, or when it only addresses a symptom and not the underlying issue.
We believe that alternative treatments, whether they’re different medications or other therapy options like electrotherapy treatments with devices like the WellnessPro Plus, are the right step for professionals to do their part.
Electrotherapy does not create the physical dependence that opioids are known for causing. Physical dependency does not always follow the same changes as an addiction — speaking of early opioid abuse, not chronic abuse — but it does change how the body responds to the drugs. As treatments continue, greater dosages are required, which makes abuse more likely and can make it more difficult to keep prescriptions proper and appropriate for the patient.
Every increase in dosage and quantity means another chance for dependence to become abuse and addiction.
Electrotherapy also does not provide patients with a substance they can sell if their pain is relieved before a prescription runs out. It removes the temptation to profit from one’s own illness and can ensure that therapy is provided in a controlled environment.
The doctor’s office can replace bathrooms and classrooms, as it should.
We want to introduce our WellnessPro Plus to as many people and practitioners as possible because we think it’s part of the next wave of innovation in protecting the people in our community. We believe it is beyond the call to do no harm, rising to meet a desire to prevent future harm.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of electrotherapy and how electrical stimulation can provide you with all-natural pain relief, download your free brochure about the WellnessPro Plus , the most advanced doctor-recommended TENS unit on the market. If you have specific questions, contact Electromedical Technologies or call us at toll-free (888) 880-7888.