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Tue Mar 15, 2022, 07:07 PM

New Device Helps Patients Recover From Opioid Addiction

NBCWashington
By Doreen Gentzler, News4 Anchor and Patricia Fantis

A small, wearable device is helping patients survive the awful symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Spark Biomedical created the FDA-approved Sparrow Therapy System. It’s essentially an earpiece that sends mild electrical pulses to the brain to help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms that patients go through while they’re detoxing, like insomnia, tremors, chills and sweating, bone pain, mood swings, and more.

“One of the reasons there's an opioid epidemic is that the withdrawal symptoms, the painful, excruciating detox process to get off opioids, is so bad that most people can't endure it,” Spark Biomedical President and CEO Daniel Powell.

“We're able to deliver mild amounts of electrical stimulation at points near and around the ear, where surface area nerves, cranial nerves come up and they tell the brain to calm down and they actually drive the brain to produce its own endogenous endorphins, which fill the vacant opioid channels when somebody is going through opioid withdrawal,” Powell said.

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https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/new-device-helps-patients-recover-from-opioid-addiction/3000216/

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Wicked Blue Mar 2022 OP
Hekate Mar 2022 #1
cilla4progress Mar 2022 #2
gratuitous Mar 2022 #3
Farmer-Rick Mar 2022 #4
Javaman Mar 2022 #5
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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2022, 07:11 PM

1. This is wonderful news

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2022, 07:15 PM

2. Cool!

We are watching Dopesick now.

Jeezus...



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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2022, 07:16 PM

3. Legislation to outlaw the device in red states in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1

"The availability of this device, like the availability of Narcan, will just encourage people to use illegal drugs because it will be too easy not to die or to cure their addiction. So much better to have addicts lives' flushed down the toilet because that's the way God and Baby Jesus want it in my warped world."

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2022, 07:26 PM

4. My uncle was prescribed oxycodone for his back pain about 15 years ago

He took it for years. When he came off them he complained to his doctor that he was feeling really bad. The doctor shrugged and said oxycodone was non-addictive and sent him home. Geez, those doctors were idiots.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 15, 2022, 07:28 PM

5. They were getting kick backs from the maker of the drug

There’s a good documentary out there starting Michael Keeton. I think it’s on HBO

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Response to Javaman (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 15, 2022, 08:41 PM

6. Dopesick

It's a serialized version of the book by Beth Macy.

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