Technology offers hope to beat the opioid epidemic. A nerve stimulator for symptoms of opioid withdrawal can help, especially during the acute withdrawal phase.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented a public health nightmare first recognized in l999. An epidemic of opioid addiction is harming and killing Americans in alarming numbers. In all, about 200,000 have died from prescription opioid overdoses during the past 16 years.
Physicians, researchers, and political leaders have pulled together, calling for new strategies to halt the opioid crisis. One of the key problems in finding a solution has been the extremely addictive nature of opioids — and the often excruciating symptoms of opioid withdrawal people face when they attempt to stop using the drugs.
But a high tech weapon in the war on opioid addiction offers hope in easing people off the addictive drugs — a nerve stimulator designed to reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Nerve stimulation for opioid withdrawal relief
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an electrical nerve stimulator, known as a NSS-2 Bridge, to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Worn behind the ear for up to five days during the acute withdrawal phase, the device, which is produced by Innovative Health Solutions, Inc., can help people addicted to opioids get through the acute withdrawal phase.
Tests involving 73 patients being treated for opioid addiction showed the NSS-2 Bridge device reduced their withdrawal symptoms — which included sweating, tremors, severe anxiety, agitation, stomach upset, and joint pain — by at least 31 percent.
January 24, 2018
Janet O’Dell, RN