DENVER – December 8, 2016 – myStrength, Inc., an innovative leader in digital behavioral healthcare, has deepened its evidence-based self-care resources to address chronic pain and the overuse of opioids.
Nearly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain every year. In fact, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The cost of unaddressed pain is a significant public health issue with wide-ranging implications for payers, providers and caregivers. Chronic pain, a highly-complex condition, is often associated with other mental health conditions. It is estimated that 60 percent of individuals dealing with chronic pain also experience depression and/or anxiety. The cost of managing pain and its co-occurring conditions is estimated at over $560 billion annually.  Complicating the chronic pain problem is the over-prescription of opioids. Experts agree that opioids, commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain, have contributed to a nationwide crisis. Opioid prescriptions for pain have increased 300 percent over the past two decades, creating new opportunities for misuse of this highly-addictive and potentially-lethal class of drugs. Seventy-eight Americans die every day of an opiate drug overdose, […]