John Prunskis M.D. of Illinois Pain Institute, Surgeon General Jerome Adams M.D. and Congressman Peter Roskam Join Forces to End the US Opioid Crisis

Hinsdale, IL October 19, 2018- John Prunskis M.D., CEO/ Medical Director of the Illinois Pain Institute along with US Surgeon General Jerome Adams M.D. and Congressman Peter Roskam met with over 50 Chicagoland leaders in healthcare, law enforcement and first responders to answer questions and to discuss the current progress being made at both the […]

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Dr. Prunskis Published in Morning Consult on Importance of Opioid Alternatives

More than 200,000 Americans died from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2016. In a recently published article for Morning Consult, John V. Prunskis, MD, FIPP, co-founder and medical director of the Illinois Pain Institute, wrote about alternative ways to treat pain, and the responsibility of physicians to promote these safer methods. “Rather […]

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Chicago Doctor Sworn in to Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Task Force to Fight Opioid Crisis

Dr. John Prunskis, co-founder and medical director of the Illinois Pain Institute, was sworn in to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recently established Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Pain Task Force) in Washington, D.C. As the only Pain Task Force physician from Illinois, Dr. Prunskis will work closely with […]

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Financial Burden of the Opioid Epidemic in Illinois, $92,000 per patient

The effects of the opioid epidemic are widespread, affecting not just those in the throes of addiction but also the health systems that care for them. In an article published last week in Crain’s Chicago Business, writer Kristen Schorsch looked into the toll of the opioid epidemic on Illinois health providers and shared providers’ concerns […]

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The Real Cost of the Opioid Epidemic is More Than Previously Estimated

What is the true economic cost of America’s opioid epidemic? According to the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), it’s significantly more than was previously thought. In a report released in November, 2017, the CEA estimates that the toll of the opioid crisis in 2015 was a staggering $504 billion, an amount that greatly […]

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Opioids are a Massive Problem, and Doctors Do Have Many Other Options

There are a lot of debates when it comes to how to best treat pain, but one thing is clear: opioid drugs, long relied on for their ability to block pain signals to the brain, are a problem of epidemic proportions. In 2014 alone, 47,000 individuals died from opioid overdoses. Additionally, people who are addicted […]

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Pain Management of Veterans

Studies show that soldiers and veterans have some of the highest rates of opioid use in the United States. A 2011 report by the American Public Health Association stated that the fatal overdose rate of opioids among veterans is nearly double the national average, mostly due greater occurrences of physical trauma. The House Veterans’ Affairs […]

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Opioids & Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain—a state of complex, chronic pain caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system—may not be fully manageable with opioid therapy alone. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Alberta and published in Pain Medicine found that while opioids do help lessen the severity of pain, they are limited in […]

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Long-Term Opioid Use & Depression

Part of well-balanced healthcare is evaluating short-term benefits against long-term potentialities. In the case of opioids, a study by Jeffrey Scherrer, PhD, et al. published in The Annals of Family Medicine shows a relationship between long durations of use and the development of new-onset depression. Opioids offer short-term mood boosts, but the relief they offer […]

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Opioid Use and Low Testosterone

Is there a connection between opioid use and low testosterone? It looks that way, according to a study recently published in Pain Medicine. Maria Soledad Cepeda, MD, PhD, et al. compared the testosterone levels of two subject groups—those who had taken prescription opioids in the past 30 days and those who had not. They found […]

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