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Freethink: Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?

Mark Vrahas
Freethink: Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?

We were honored to be featured as part of the the Freethink original series called Superhuman, which highlights new advances in medical innovation. Hear from real patients at Cedars-Sinai hospital who used VR to manage their pain during their hospital visits. 

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Opioid addictions have become a dangerous side effect for many that take medications to treat chronic pain. To address this, doctors are exploring alternatives to prescriptions pain medicine. As part of this movement, Dr. Brennan Spiegel at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles has spear-headed some pretty fascinating research. He and his team are using virtual reality to reduce pain. Not only is it surprisingly effective when a patient has the headset on, but the effect extends beyond their treatment time. Could this finally be a completely safe tool for pain management?