A new device designed to help with the pain during withdrawal from opiates could become another important tool in helping deal with heroin/opiate addiction in the county.
The device attaches to the ear.
The device, called the BRIDGE, was first used and developed by Dr. Arturo C. Taca, Jr., along with by an Indiana company, Innovative Health Solutions.
The BRIDGE has been FDA cleared to be used in acute or chronic pain. As a tool, The Bridge can help with one of the most challenging aspects of overcoming an opioid addiction – the pain during the initial detox.
A little larger than a half dollar, the Bridge fits behind the ear and sends electrical feedback to the brain, blocking the pain signals that are associated with withdrawal of opiates during detox. A person wears it for five days, long enough to make it through withdrawal, before turning to long-term assistance to stay sober, such as counseling and medication-assisted treatment such as Vivitrol. INSYnergy has pioneered a patent-pending process called The INSynergy-Bridge Protocol which transitions persons in withdrawal from opiates more comfortably onto Vivitrol, a long acting, monthly injection of naltrexone, which is non-addicting and non-divertible.
The Bridge uses neuro-modulation, or electrical stimulation of specific areas of the brain, to counteract the effects of opioid medications for people who have become dependent on legally prescribed pain medications or heroin.