Penn State Study Seeks to Demonstrate if Mindfulness-based Yoga Can Combat Opioid-based Substance Use Disorder

Penn State Study Seeks to Demonstrate Mindfulness-based Yoga Can Combat Opioid-based Substance Use Disorder

Penn State embarks on a study investigating what could be considered a controversial but potentially breakthrough approach to opioid addiction should it produce results. Over 100 people are dying from opioid overdose daily across America—a tragic epidemic made possible by lax regulatory and medical standards from over a decade ago. As the opioid epidemic worsens during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center sponsor a study investigating the embrace of mindfulness-based yoga as part of a regimen for patients with opioid-use disorders in rural parts of the state.

Led by Emma Rose, assistant research professor, the study involves the addition of mindfulness-based yoga as a twice-weekly therapy in the fight against addiction. 

A Severe Health Crisis

Something must be done as the epidemic worsens over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2019 alone, nearly 50,000 people died due to opioids. Since 1999, the CDC reports that 841,000 have died due to opioid overdoses.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),...

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