While great strides have been made in preventing some common causes of brain injury, other causes have gone shrouded in mystery and stigma. This is particularly so when it comes to brain injuries from opioid overdoses, which have increased during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
BIAAZ aims to raise awareness, prevent future brain injuries from substance misuse, and help those who struggle with addiction after brain injury to find recovery.
With all this well-deserved attention about the dangers of opioids, there is another side to the story that should not be discounted. Opioids can also be beneficial for many patients as long as they are carefully prescribed and monitored.
This is a profile of one of the many professionals the BIAAZ State Opioid Response Team works with, Samantha Eagle.