How Technology Has Entered the War in Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Technology: How Can it Help?

Technology is being increasingly used in opioid abatement programs to address the opioid epidemic and support individuals in recovery. Learn how technology is now the latest weapon in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Some of the ways technology is being used in these programs include:

Telemedicine involves the use of technology, such as video conferencing, to provide medical care remotely. Telemedicine can be particularly useful in opioid abatement programs for individuals in remote or rural areas who may have difficulty accessing medical care. It can also reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps can be used to track medication adherence, manage pain, and provide support for individuals in recovery. For example, some apps provide daily affirmations, mindfulness exercises, and coping strategies to help individuals manage cravings and stress. 

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)

PDMPs are electronic databases that track prescription drug dispensing and use. They can help identify patterns of prescription drug abuse and inform interventions and treatment strategies.

Electronic health records (EHRs)

EHRs can help facilitate communication and coordination of care between different healthcare providers involved in opioid abatement programs. They can also provide real-time data on patient outcomes, which can help inform treatment decisions. 

Wearable technology

Wearable technology, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, can be used to monitor vital signs and provide feedback on physical activity levels. This information can be used to inform treatment decisions and provide motivation and support for individuals in recovery.

Overall, technology can play a valuable role in opioid abatement programs by improving access to care, supporting individuals in recovery, and providing real-time data to inform treatment decisions. However, it is important to ensure that technology is used in a responsible and ethical manner and that it does not replace the human connection and support that is essential for successful recovery.

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