Chronic pain sufferers seek alternatives to opioid use

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS -

The over-prescription of opioids for chronic pain has become a major concern for many Brooklyn residents.

Borough President Eric Adams spoke about the impact of opioids at Speak Physical Therapy in Brooklyn Heights Sunday.

Those who have used the drugs for pain say it has had a drastic impact on them.

"By the time 2013 had rolled around I was up to about 160 milligrams of Oxycodone to control the back pain and neck pain," said 56-year-old Sept. 11 first responder Tom Rosina. "I was basically a zombie.”

Dr. David Dunaief suggests alternative regiments of lifestyle medicine to combat chronic pain. He offers diet changes and physical therapy as some ways to fight pain without using opioids.

Rosina says the new form of treatment has helped the pain and reduced his need for opioids.

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