Yankee legend Mariano Rivera supports opioid alternative
A new medical device, backed by former MLB star pitcher Mariano Rivera, treats chronic pain with low-intensity, low-frequency ultrasound and is intended as a drug-free solution to the opioid crisis.
“If I had had this product when I was playing baseball, I might have played another three or four years,” Rivera told FOX Business’s Maria Bartiromo in an interview Wednesday.
River, 13-time All Star and five-time World Series champion who played for the Yankees until 2013, teamed up with NanoVibronix CEO Brian Murphy to promote PainShield, the wearable device believed to solve the cause of pain in nerves and soft tissues. – rather than masking it – by transmitting slow-release ultrasound.
The New York-based company, recently listed on Nasdaq, is selling PainShield for $ 595.
Rivera got involved in the business when his wife started to suffer from a back problem, he said, and when she tried the device, her symptoms started to improve. He has since introduced it to President Trump as a new method to tackle opioid addiction in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid-related deaths continued to increase in the United States, with 66% of overdose deaths involving opioids. In 2016, opioid-related overdoses quintupled from 1999 and between 2000 and 2016, more than 600,000 people died. On average, 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses.
Trump has proposed a crackdown on drug companies and drug traffickers – including the possibility of the death penalty for drug traffickers – in order to tackle drug addiction in the country.
“We’re fighting opioids, but we don’t know what we’re going to do after this,” Rivera said. “The best thing is to use our product, [which] is safe and convenient. We must go towards alternatives.