According to the National Safety Council, 60 people die every day from opioid pain medications. That’s 22,000 people every year. In Florida alone, the opioid epidemic was declared a statewide emergency as of 2017.
In response to this growing problem, a philanthropic group known as The Doctors Goodwill Foundation (DGF) is taking action to combat the opioid crisis by raising awareness, providing resources and highlighting alternative pain treatments where indicated.
Dr. Ashish Udeshi, the Doctor’s Goodwill Foundation president, collaborates with a coalition of equally dedicated volunteers who have taken up the cause to help eliminate addiction and deaths from opioid abuse. This coalition is comprised of:
- Allied health workers
- Healthcare agencies
- Area businesses
On Friday, May 4, 2018, DGF held a forum to highlight the effects of painkillers on people, families and the community as a whole. The event brought together doctors, law enforcement and health officials to discuss opioid prescriptions, addictions and overdoses, with the goal of showcasing available resources and treatment options on the Space Coast.
Dr. Udeshi believes that the crisis in terms of opioid issues and their role has changed. “I think initially people thought they would be great medications and they would help out with certain conditions, but we noticed over the years it’s causing more problems for patients and having addiction tolerance issues,” he said.
Dr. Udeshi is a pain management specialist at the Space Coast Florida Pain Institute clinic location in Brevard County. He continues to dedicate his time, effort and expertise to counteracting the adverse consequences of pain medication abuse. We are greatly appreciative of his commitment to combatting the opioid crisis, and proud to have him as part of the Florida Pain Institute family.
If you are interested in volunteering to help the DGF cause, contact DRG here to connect with a representative who can provide more information.
About Dr. Udeshi
Dr. Ashish Udeshi is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is Double Board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He has presented at numerous national conferences and is published author in topics of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. His affiliations include:
- The American Society of Anesthesiologists
- Florida Society of Anesthesiologists
- American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Pain Society
- North American Neuromodulation Society
- Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dr. Udeshi has devoted his time to various local, state, and international organizations. He has worked with Project Medishare and Doctor’s Goodwill Foundation and has traveled to India, Tibet, Haiti, and Nicaragua providing medical care with other community physicians.
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If you suffer from chronic pain and want more information about our minimally invasive, proven procedures and treatments for minimizing or eliminating your suffering, call us today at 321-784-8211 or request an appointment online at www.FloridaPainInstitute.net.