ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new way of treating heroin addiction will soon be available to anyone suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
Dr. Arturo Taca with Insyngery Addiction Treatment Center in St. Louis, joined KMOX Thursday morning to talk about the new device. He says it’s about the size of a quarter and hooks behind the patient’s ear.
“The withdrawal syndrome is painful and is hard for people to get off of them, because the only thing that can make the symptoms go away, is using more opioids or heroin,” Taca says.
It targets four specific cranial nerves that cause symptoms of pain during withdrawal.
“We’ve developed a device that specifically targets parts of the spine and the brain, that in our studies and research in the last couple of years, have shown that it’s been able to eliminate 85 percent of the pain…within 30 minutes,” Taca says.
The device will work as a detox pre-treatment method for patients before they move on to the monthly injection of Naltrexone.
Naltrexone is a non-narcotic drug that helps block opioid receptors.
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