For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution

More than one in 10 American adults experienced pain every day for the past three months, according to data from the National Institutes of Health. When pain lasts three months or longer, it is considered chronic pain. The prevalence of chronic pain in the U.S. lies at the root of an ongoing epidemic of prescription … Continue reading For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution

Acupuncture and chiropractic care as opioid alternatives

In May, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes to its blueprint educating health care providers about treating pain. The new guidelines recommend doctors provide information about acupuncture and chiropractic care as pain treatment options, which could help some patients avoid prescription opioid use for pain. The blueprint, which isn’t final, is part … Continue reading Acupuncture and chiropractic care as opioid alternatives

4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes

Do you take medications on a regular basis? Chances are you do. More than 80 percent of American adults rely on one or more medications to stay well, but if these medications aren’t taken properly, serious problems can occur. In fact, each year adverse drug reactions account for 120,000 hospitalizations and 70,000 emergency department visits. … Continue reading 4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes

How to Know if Your Child is Abusing Prescription Drugs

It may not surprise you that recent studies show one out of every four teenagers will abuse prescription drugs in their lifetime. But you may have not known that experts say more kids die abusing prescription drugs than cocaine and heroine combined. As parents,  we’re trained to teach our kids about the dangers of abusing drugs; our … Continue reading How to Know if Your Child is Abusing Prescription Drugs

You Have the Right to Remain Healthy…If You Just Take This Medication

Dr. Terry Rascoe explores why patients don’t follow prescription medical regimens Reaching for the bottle of aspirin inside the medicine cabinet, something catches your eye—that little orange bottle with the accusing white label. Lonely pills stacked one on top of the other, never to fulfill their life’s purpose. Not only did you waste your money … Continue reading You Have the Right to Remain Healthy…If You Just Take This Medication