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Tackling the opioids epidemic with connectivity and compassion

By John Donahue, Chief Executive Officer, axialHealthcare

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 50 million people suffer from chronic or severe pain – just over 20 percent of the U.S. adult population. In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. To put this number in perspective, 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. Yet, unlike treatment for diabetes, treatment for chronic pain is much more complex, as the root cause of pain is often difficult to diagnose. Without knowing what exactly causes the pain, doctors focus on relieving the symptom rather than pinpointing the cause.

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