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THERE ARE EFFECTIVE MEDICATIONS TO HELP THE LAWN MOWER

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SOUND, TO JOHN LAWSON HIS OWN YARD >> I'VE HAD OVER 35 OPERATIONS REPORTER: IN 1981, HE WAS WORKING ON SCAFFOLDING TWO STORIES UP IT COLLAPSED

>> THE ONLY WAY TO GO WAS DOWN REPORTER: WHAT FOLLOWED? YEARS OF SITTING IN HIS CHAIR, HIS PAIN MEDS CLOSE BY >>BECOMES LOCKED IN THIS YOUR LIFE HOUSE REPORTER: SIX MONTHS AGO HE MADE A DECISION TO STOP THE ISOLATION CAUSED BY PAIN AND THE NARCOTICS HE WAS TAKING HE WAS UP TO 30 OR 40 PILLS A DAY

>> IT WASN'T REALLY FOR THE PAIN AT THE TIME IT WAS MAINTAINING THE SICKNESS THAT MY BODY WOULD GO THROUGH FROM WITHDRAWL REPORTER: JOHN TRIED TO GET OFF OPIOIDS, BUT BECAME DEATHLY ILL >> MULTIPLE THAT BY 20, 25, IT'S THE WORST THING YOU COULD EVER GO THROUGH REPORTER: SPECIALISTS SAY, 90% OF THOSE ADDICTED, FAIL TRYING TO GET OFF OPIOIDS ON THEIR OWN

JOHN FOUND THE PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE >> MANY PATIENTS START THE MEDICATION BECAUSE IT'S EFFECTIVE, BUT THEM THEY CAN'T QUIT THE MEDICATION BECAUSE THEY FEEL SO HORRIBLE WHEN THEY TRY REPORTER: DR KIM HAYNES HENSON IS NOW JOHN'S PAIN SPECIALIST AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE SHE TRAINED AND BECAME LICENSED TO OFFER THIS, IT'S A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STEP DOWN DRUG TO HELP TAPER OFF OPIOIDS WITHOUT HARSH SIDE EFFECTS >> IT CAN BE USED AS A TAPER OR IT CAN BE USED AS A REPLACEMENT

IT'S CALLED BUPRENORPHEN >> IT IS LIKE NIGHT AND DAY WHEN I WALKED IN HERE I WALKED IN WITH A CANE >> HE'S DONE PHOENOMENALLY WELL HE FEELS HIS PAIN LEVELS HAVE DROPPED

HE FEELS MENTALLY ALERT AND HE FEELS HE HAS A WHOLE NEW LEASE ON LIFE IT'S BEEN VERY EXCITING TO SEE REPORTER: THESE DAYS, THE CANE IS PARKED FOR GOOD AND JOHN'S DOG, WINNIE TAKES HIS PLACE IN THE CHAIR ON HIS NEW MED BUPRENORPHINE

JOHN ATTENDED THE ONE MONTH OUTPATIENT PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT NEBRASKA MEDICINE >> I WAS NOT SICK AT ALL, NO SICKNESS AT ALL REPORTER: HE LEARNED SELF CARE, NATURAL PAIN RELIEF AND HOW TO FIND BALANCE >> IT JUST MADE HIM HAPPIER EVERY DAY

>> MY DAUGHTER WAS GETTING MARRIED IN FEBRUARY AND I KNEW I WANTED TO WALK HER DOWN THE AND ON NARCOTICS, I DIDN'T KNOW IF THAT WOULD HAPPEN REPORTER: HE WAS THERE, AND PRESENT AND HIS JOHN'S WIFE OF 40 YEARS, SAYS LIFE IS GOOD >> IF YOU HAVE HOPE AND YOU HAVE THAT DRIVE, IT'S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN DO REPORTER: AND JOHN'S LAWN? IT'S THE BEST LOOKING YARD ON THE BLOC

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