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Healing Hands And Peer Support Might Stop Prescription Opioid Misuse

A program providing acupuncture, group support, massage, mindfulness, and gentle exercise might assist prevent users on prescription opioids from increasing to drug overdose, misuse, and death, as per a research led by scientists at UCSF. The research, posted in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, tracked the affect of a program for at-risk, low-income patients at Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic suffering from chronic pain in Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. It is a public health clinic where medical students from UCSF are mentored and trained.

“Opioids are often prescribed to users with severe or moderate pain from chronic health cases, or for pain after surgery or injury,” claimed Maria T. Chao, first author of the study, to the media in an interview. “Due to the possible dangers of opioid employment, we needed to see if a non-pharmacological and multimodal program can stabilize prescription opioid use and lower pain levels in vulnerable patients with barriers to care or high rates of pain.”

On a related note, Vanderbilt scientists have posted results indicating that irrespective of whether a female delivers a child by vaginal birth or by cesarean section, if they fill opioid pain medications’ prescriptions early during postpartum, they are at elevated risk of getting persistent opioid employment. In a study letter posted in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the authors analyzed the data of 102,541 females who gave birth while covered by TennCare (Tennessee Medicaid) to analyze their employment of opioid pain relievers at the time of postpartum.

“Examining postpartum females offers us an excellent chance to evaluate two demographically same populations of females with a common childbirth experience, one not exposed with opioid prescriptions regularly (vaginal birth), and one exposed with opioid prescriptions regularly (cesarean birth),” claimed assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Sarah Osmundson, to the media in an interview.