Millions of people across the U.S. are affected by health conditions that trigger symptoms of ongoing, chronic pain. A number of opioid-based medications are commonly used to help people dealing with chronic pain; however, use of these medications (especially outside of an authorized context) inherently comes with significant risks for drug abuse and addiction. In […]
Every year, millions of Americans abuse an opioid medication normally prescribed by a doctor as a treatment for specific types of moderate or severe pain. Some prescription opioid abusers live in cities or nearby suburbs, while others live in rural areas relatively isolated from large population concentrations.
Those who use the drug kratom may be in search of pain relief, a study aid or an easy high, but they could get something completely different, warn those on the frontlines of addiction treatment. Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, medical director at The Ranch rehabilitation facility in Tennessee, is one who has seen an […]