Reducing Opioid Dependence

Addiction is the compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, opioids, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.

Infudyne is committed to reducing the number of patients who might become addicted to opioids. Through the use of regional anesthesia, patient engagement, education, and new opioid disposal methods for unused pills, Infudyne is making a difference.

Our attempt at eliminating opioid addiction is fundamental in our responsible and value-based approach to patient care. At Infudyne, we do not believe our responsibilities end when therapy is discontinued.

The Opioid Epidemic

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that between 1999 and 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose. Around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid. In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 6 times higher than in 1999. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. As well, addiction destroys relationships, families, and communities. View image source.

A recent public health article estimates the cost of the U.S. Opioid epidemic since 2001 exceeds 1 trillion dollars and is climbing. Many recent articles highlight the risk of addiction following surgery. One such article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June of 2017 found that in a population-based study of 36,177 surgical patients, the incidence of new persistent opioid use after surgical procedures was 5.9% to 6.5%. Meanwhile, the US government is directing a collaboration with healthcare providers and health systems with data, tools, and guidance for evidence-based decision-making to improve opioid prescribing and patient safety.

Infudyne’s pain management infusion services include the use of continuous peripheral nerve blocks that have been shown to reduce dependence on opioid pain medication.

About Infudyne

Infudyne has over 30 years of experience providing comprehensive infusion services to patients in their homes and in ambulatory healthcare facilities throughout the United States.  LEARN MORE


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