Seeing An Allied Health Professional Is A Better Heath Channel

Allied health is a term used to describe a broad range of professionals that work with doctors and nurses to provide the best patient outcomes.

Allied health practitioners greatly influence your health care delivery. A team of allied health professionals provides essential services that promote heath, prevent disease and manage pain. They play a critical role in improving access and quality health care to patients and they are often the first discipline to identify a problem and take the next steps for medical management.

Silver Medical now offers Allied Health Services with a team of professionals to support recovery and restore quality of life. Our allied health team will play a critical role in meeting the challenges we face in our health care system by being available for early interventional care and by facilitating immediate access into Silver Medical pain treatment programs.

Posted by Arianna Muskat

Cannabis Legalization Leads To Fewer Opioid Deaths, According To New Research

A study looking at opioid-related deaths in Colorado saw these fatalities drop as a result of recreational cannabis legalization in the state.

New research published last week in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado resulted in a reversal of opioid-related deaths by 6.5 percent. The U.S. is facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse, leading to more than 90 deaths every day. That cannabis legalization can help reverse this trend is welcome news.

Opioids are a class of narcotic drugs that act on the nervous system to produce powerful morphine-like effects. Commonly recommended by doctors for pain relief, opioids interact with opioid receptors to reduce the sending of pain messages to the brain.

 In 2017, more than 45,000 American died as a result of an opioid overdose. Nearly half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid. Opioids include prescription painkillers like Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and more, the classification also includes the illegal drug heroin, which often becomes the final step for those fighting opioid addiction. About 80% of people who turn to illegal heroin first misused prescription opioids.

Performed by University of North Texas Health Science Center researchers and their colleagues, the study concluded that, “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years.”

The authors examined trends in monthly opiate overdose fatalities in Colorado before and after the state’s recreational marijuana market opened in 2014 and included data from 2000-2015. The researchers attempted to isolate the effect of recreational, rather than medical, cannabis by comparing data in Colorado to that of Nevada, which allowed medical but not recreational cannabis during that period.

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Posted by Arianna Muskat