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Did you know? Dr. Benjamin Venger of TriState Pain Institute will be hosting an educational event on Monday, March 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM! During the event, Dr. Venger will discuss the challenges that can arise from taking opioids and the risks that come with children and teens misusing and abusing prescription medications. As a leader in pain management for the Fort Mohave community, Dr. Venger encourages anyone and everyone to stop by the event.

For those who are unfamiliar with opioids, this class of drug includes prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and more, as well as the illicit drug known as heroin. Opioids interact with receptors in the brain and nervous system to... Read more

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 23.5 million people over the age of 12 sought treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse in 2009. Over the years, that number has fluctuated – seeing increases and decreases as laws have changed and other drugs have either become legal or illegal (i.e. medical marijuana and prescription medication restrictions). 

Regardless, the pain management specialists at TriState Pain Institute (TSPI) have witnessed it all, and they understand the impact substance abuse has on members of the Fort Mohave community. Individuals subjected to substance abuse often experience financials struggles, loss... Read more

 

You’ve probably overheard your running friends complain about how much their joints (knees, especially) hurt after jogging a few miles on the treadmill or rugged terrain. Therefore, you probably think you’ve got the above-mentioned question (i.e. which sport is the toughest on your knees?) answered. Well, we’re here to tell you running is not the toughest on your knees, although it comes relatively close. Ready for the answer? Drum roll, please…

According to Health Magazine’s June 2012 issue, skiing is the toughest sport/recreational activity on your knees! Makes sense now that you think about it, huh? Nevertheless, the team at TriState Pain Institute is sharing information on some of the other sports that can be... Read more

By: Benjamin H. Venger, MD, FAANS (L), Medical Director, The TriState Pain Institute 

A medically underserved area is where local residents face a relative or absolute lack of medical resources, including providers, staffed hospital beds, and equipment. Within Mohave County a fragile economy, contractual issues between patients, providers and facilities, as well as a frequent lack of communication between medical shareholders, have exacerbated this shortfall. A dearth of available medical specialties and specialists has also lead to many reguarly seeking care outside of our community. Some are denied access to non-emergent care outright. Potential income for reinvestment is diverted from our hospitals, worsening... Read more

The Journal of Pediatrics published an article in August 2013, uncovering the troubling health problem among children 6 years and under. According to data collected from emergency departments between 2010 and 2011, 1500 children under the age of 6 were treated for “unintentional exposure to buprenorphine.”

At TriState Pain Institute, we take an initiative to keep our children safe in order to equip them with the tools to prevent future health problems. Dr. Benjamin Venger and the TSPI team are committed to finding a cure for all of our patients’ chronic pain concerns. Providing care in Fort Mohave, TriState Pain Institute helps suffering pain patients in Las Vegas, Bullhead City, and surrounding rural communities.

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According to data published in a Pediatrics article, “Prescribing of controlled medications to adolescents and young adults in the United States,” the number of prescriptions of controlled medications including opioids has nearly doubled between 1994 and 2007 (3.5 percent in 1994 and 6 percent in 2007). To uncover the prevalence of medical use, misuse, and non-medical use of opioid medication, researchers assessed 1,540 adolescents involved in organized sports between 2009 and 2011 school years.

Based on collected data, adolescent males in organized sports had “higher odds of being prescribed an opioid medication.” These individuals are thus at a greater risk to misuse opioids and other controlled substances.

At TriState... Read more

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