Opioid Epidemic: A Public Health Crisis

In October 2017, the President of the United States declared the opioid epidemic a public health crisis. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were over 60,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. That is more than 100 fatal overdoses every day. This number far exceeds the annual loss from traffic fatalities. In Minnesota alone, there were 396 opioid related deaths in 2016. This number has been on a steady rise since 2010. In Hennepin County, the most populous county in the state, a record number of people died from opioid related overdoses last year.

According to 2016 data from the National Center for Health Statistics, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. Death by opioids includes pain relievers, synthetic opioids, and illegal substances such as heroin and cocaine. Minnesota has an Opioid Action Plan in place, but there is room for all of us to do our part.

At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we are fighting the opioid epidemic by offering a variety of ways to help manage pain. Opioids do have their place in pain management and we make sure our patients are educated and empowered to follow a safe, monitored regime. What makes Twin Cities Pain Clinic different is the advanced technology we use in our treatment options. We are replacing opioids with cutting-edge treatment options to offer a safe, more effective outcome with less side effects.

We have made it our mission at Twin Cities Pain Clinic to help you get back to living your life with less pain. Our team of specialized providers combine compassion with extensive medical knowledge and the most recent technology to give you the best treatment in pain management possible. From the time you check in to our office until you leave, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of healthcare while treating your pain.

We provide medication management along with many other services such as spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pain pump, DRG stimulation, injection procedures, mild procedure, and physical therapy to help you get back to living a life with less pain. The pain specialists at Twin Cities Pain Clinic use a collaborative approach to find the best treatment to manage pain for our patients. Through education and continued efforts, we hope to help decrease the rise in opioid related deaths with cutting edge treatment options.

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