QB Medical's Vision of a Pain Free America
Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about the explosive growth in opioid addiction, overdose and misuse. Some reports state that more than 100 people die each day after overdosing on opioids, including both prescription and non-prescription. This is a critical and national epidemic that affects every walk of life and does not discriminate on social, economic or geographic borders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” or prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States tops more than $78 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, additional treatment and criminal justice involvement. *
However, as we talk about the “worst” drug crisis to face America, we must look to how this impacts our current military and veterans. In drawing upon my time in the Navy, personal experience as a Veteran and as a founder of a healthcare solutions company servicing both active duty and veterans of our great armed services, I have a direct line of site to this opioid crisis. I am committed to driving home a message of alternative pain treatments and how best to help promote them. It is an unspeakable percentage of veterans both those returning from recent deployments and older veterans that suffer from chronic and debilitating pain. According to Veterans Affairs, veterans are twice as likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses than non-veterans, and until a few years ago the VA was treating chronic pain almost exclusively with some form of opioid pain medication.
As the number of veterans with opioid dependencies continues to grow, QB Medical is committed to offering alternative means including both occupational and physical modalities. Although some VA centers have opened alternative treatment plans for managing chronic pain like physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, hypnotism, and relaxation exercises, the reliance on opioids as the main treatment “magic pill” is still way too prevalent.
We have planned our product roadmap and aggressive plans for 2018 to focus on this epidemic. We will introduce a new line of special products to specifically address the current opioid epidemic and I have committed to doubling our headcount to address this problem to bring the experience, education and expertise to help clinicians treat and suggest alternative methods of pain treatment other than a form of opioids.
My goal is to see this program through, to help decrease the chemical dependency our military veterans have on a drug that often hurts rather than helps, and to provide the highest level of affordable and accessible care available to the brave men and women and their families who have already made the ultimate sacrifice.
*Florence CS, Zhou C, Luo F, Xu L. The Economic Burden of Prescription Opioid Overdose, Abuse, and Dependence in the United States, 2013. Med Care. 2016