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Addressing The Ever-Rising Opioid Crisis

March 28, 2022

According to recent reports, the opioid crisis continues to devastate individuals and their families across the country. More than 100,000 lives were lost last year to drug overdoses, with a large percentage attributable to illicit or adulterated fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the situation. During this time, drug overdose numbers have increased nationwide. Beyond drug enforcement, the medical community, social service organizations, affected individuals and their families view increased access to care without unnecessary delays as the key ingredient for saving lives. 

OUD impacts everyone

Keep in mind that opioid-use disorder (OUD), whether it involves illicit or prescription drugs, is a widespread problem affecting the young and old from all walks of life. While it’s often identified as an issue among younger adults, researchers have found between the years 1999 and 2019, close to 80,000 adults aged 55 and older nationwide have died from an opioid overdose

Offering evidence-based treatment and integrated care

At Palmetto Pain Management, Drs. Riber and Stanislaus firmly believe a “whole patient” approach tailored to suit individual needs offers the best hope for recovery. Our practice offers evidence-based care to address opioid-use disorder and support individuals as they take back their lives and chart a path to wellness. 

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) offers a proven combination of medication, counseling, and behavioral therapies to support patients navigating the challenging road back to a self-directed life. Our doctors coordinate all aspects of care. They have the training and certification to prescribe medications, including Suboxone, to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids, reduce cravings, and support physiological withdrawal. 

Getting the treatment that’s needed

As we all know, these are stressful and challenging times. Today, substance abuse and misuse continue to capitalize on human frailty and gain a greater hold on many people’s lives. Finally, recognized as medical conditions, comprehensive care to address all aspects of addiction and support a recovery is available. Through compassionate care we incorporate many services for our patients to include counseling, NA/AA meetings services to include counseling, NA/AA meetings, and family resources for our patients.

At Palmetto Pain Management, we maintain a position at the forefront of advances in the field. If you or a loved one is suffering from OUD (opioid use disorder), AUD (alcohol use disorder), or BUD (benzodiazepine use disorder), our dedicated professional team can help.