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Name: Kaitlyn Nielsen
Name: Alexis Crego
Name: Will Goodall
Name: Krysten Walker
Name: Ryan Shapiro


Health Care Issue

People all over suffer withdrawal symptoms from opiate use. Our proposed device will block the signals in the brain, by use of ultrasound stimulation, that correlate with the effects of withdrawal. This treatment is a noninvasive device that mitigate if not eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal that cause a patient to continue using opiates.

Customer Validation

Customers would love this product because it would be very effective and eliminate the need to replace the drug they're addicted to with another drug. Instead they could quit immediately and not experience negative effects of withdrawal.

Contacts Rehabilitation centers/Hospitals:

Aton Center – San Diego, California Malibu Beach Recovery- Pacific Palisades, California Sabino Recovery- Tucson, Arizona Acqua Recovery- Midway, Utah Greenhouse- Dallas, Texas Tranquility Woods- Pasadena, Maryland McLean Hospital- Belmont, Massachusetts Bluff Plantation- Augusta, Georgia Sunspire Health Hilton Head- Hilton Head, South Carolina Saint Jude Executive Retreat- New York, New York

Doctors (for opioid addictions):

Jonathan Adelburg (Florida) Abraham Havivi (California) Rebecca Powers (California) Joshua Lee (New York) Eric Hegybeli (Arizona) Baljeet Singh (Arizona) Rick Sloan (Arizona) Kevin McKnight (North Carolina) Gary Whitlock (North Carolina) Adamu Salisu (North Carolina)


The current method of treating opiate addiction is medication assisted treatment, in which patients are prescribed weaker opiates to help alleviate symptoms of craving in order to slowly ween off their normal dosages. This method often results in patients abusing their prescriptions to continue to get high instead of working with the program.     Full rehabilitation programs are another competition in which a patient is admitted and kept in extensive therapy from 30-90 days where they go through a detox process assisted by other medications and trained physicians to help ease other discomforts associated with withdrawal. These therapies are extremely expensive and require you to be removed from normal life for an extended period of time.     Both of these methods should be followed with counseling and a support groups because addiction rewires your brain to want to keep getting high even after detoxification. Counseling has the highest success when added to these methods because the individual needs to commit themselves to staying clean.     Problems with these treatments are potential for continued abuse, expensive, and time consuming.


IP Position

There is currently technology out for deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease (1). This involves stimulating the subthalamic nucleus as our product is to do in order to treat drug addiction. However the technology available for patients with Parkinson’s disease uses implanted electrodes which involved quite an invasive procedure. We wish to implement an ultrasonic technology in order to achieve this deep brain stimulation.

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