Updated: Jul 20, 2021
The opioid crisis was front and center news prior to being displaced by the covid pandemic. Since you haven’t seen it in the news, you might falsely think that it has subsided; in fact, it has increased by 30% over the last year. Prior to this time, the Opioid epidemic was taking the lives of more than 50,000 Americans each year and leaving their families in financial and emotional disarray.
Here are the facts, because most opioid addictions and deaths could be prevented with conservative non-drug care...
..50% OF OPIATES ARE PRESCRIBED FOR BACK PROBLEMS
..75% ARE PRESCRIBED FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS
..PEOPLE WITH LOWER INCOME, RACE, LITERACY, AND LESS ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC ARE FACTORS IN THE HIGHER USE OF PHARMACEUTICALS
..WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE THERE IS 90% LESS OPIOID USE
Some States have sued BIG PHARMA for lying to us about opioid’s addictive nature. They got rich off of shady marketing practices. They then tried to blame the consumer for not being more diligent and just saying, NO.
Other States have been more proactive requiring a patient to have up to 20 visits to a non-drug practitioner to alleviate the back problem before a doctor can prescribe an opioid.
Here’s the bottom line...Chiropractic can be an intricate part of a solution to the Opioid Crisis.