To help Decrease the Worldwide Epidemic of Opioid Addiction
Our plan is to help to eliminate pain and suffering in people who have not yet started taking potentially addictive pain medications.
Further, for those who are currently suffering addiction, a more of a successful chance of breaking that addiction once their pain is no longer afflicting them.
Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
Dr. N. Volkow
Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as Heroin, Morphine and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social and economic welfare of all societies. It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 35 million people abuse opioids worldwide. There are an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2013 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to Heroin. The consequences of this abuse have been devastating and are on the rise.
Pain continues to represent major clinical, social and economic challenges. Despite two decades of intensive R&D efforts, commercialization of new products targeting pain management has been limited. Globally, 1.5 billion people suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain. Pain is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., affecting 116 million adults, more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. The U.S. annual cost of chronic pain ranges from a colossal $560 to $635 billion. Chronic pain can be very debilitating, both physically and mentally. It can prevent a person from completing routine activities and undermines their ability to cope with everyday stress. Recent studies show that more than 100,000 Americans live with chronic pain that can't be relieved through traditional and alternative therapies. Millions suffer from acute or chronic pain every year and the effects of pain exact a tremendous cost on our country in healthcare costs, rehabilitation and lost worker productivity, as well as the emotional and financial burden it places on patients and their families. The cost of unrelieved pain can result in longer hospital stays, increased rates of re-hospitalization, increased outpatient visits, and decreased ability to function. As such, unrelieved chronic pain often results in an inability to work and maintain health insurance. According to a study, pain is a significant public health problem that costs an amount equal to about $2,000.00 for everyone living in the U.S. This includes the total incremental cost of healthcare due to pain ranging between $261 to $300 billion and $297-$336 billion due to lost productivity (based on days of work missed, hours of work lost, and lower wages).
Laser therapy is a rapidly growing treatment modality used in pain management, physical therapy, chiropractic, sports medicine, alternative therapies and increasingly in mainstream medicine. Medifirst’s 810nm Infrared Laser therapy for pain relief is an effective and intensively studied solution that can successfully deal with chronic pain that can't be relieved through other alternative and traditional methods. Infrared (also called near infrared) laser therapy has proven to be effective for many types of pain relief, and has a therapeutic effect that increases circulation and decreases inflammation, especially chronic inflammation. As a result of the added benefit of decreased inflammation, patients often see immediate positive effects and it is common to see an aesthetic improvement as well, such as in scars and incisions. Medifirst has developed an easy-to-use, mobile, hand-held laser device, with pinpoint accuracy. The device gives fast results with no burning, redness, swelling or downtime for the patients which is prevalent with other medical lasers. Because the laser does not touch the skin there is no risk of transmission of virus or bacteria. The pin-point accuracy allows the doctor to work around delicate areas such as the eyes as well as wounds. The Time Machine Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Patients feel a soothing warmth as laser energy gently penetrates the tissue and boosts the body’s own regeneration powers to relieve pain. Time Machine Laser therapy treatments are usually administered for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the location on the body. The beneficial effects may often be experienced immediately, but most observed-results are after 2 to 6 treatment sessions. In addition, the body continues to benefit from the effects of the therapy for 18-24 hours after treatment. During this time, modulated cellular activity leads to decreased pain and inflammation.
Its our mission to improve the quality of life for people who have exhausted traditional methods of treatments for chronic pain conditions. Medifirst’s flagship laser product, The Time Machine Infrared Laser (TML) helps people who suffer from pain, including joint pain, nerve pain, muscle pain, minor arthritis and similar ailments. In 2016, the company was granted USA FDA 510(k) medical device clearance to begin to market and sell its Infrared Laser in the U.S. to treat pain related conditions. Most lasers used by healthcare practitioners are for cosmetic use, and therefore we believe there is a significant market opportunity for our innovative hand-held Laser for pain related treatments. The U.S., as well as countries across the globe, are currently facing a critical opioid addiction crisis, one that has reached epidemic proportions. The need is greater than ever for effective natural and non-invasive means to help people who suffer from acute and chronic pain. Our corporate mission is to help to eliminate pain and suffering in people who have not yet started taking potentially addictive pain medications. Further, for those who are currently suffering addiction, we seek to provide a more successful chance of breaking that addiction by allowing them to focus on their dependency once their pain is no longer afflicting them.