There is a solution to the opioid epidemic! Our friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) just released a new positioning paper, “Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids,” which talks about the value of a conservative, drug-free approach to chronic pain–especially for back and neck pain, headaches, neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and more.
The paper follows up on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which urge a shift away from opioid use in treating chronic pain. Nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2014, a number that has tripled since 2000. The opioid epidemic is a very serious problem. That’s “ten 9/11s every single year.” For comparison, about 5,000 die annually from cocaine overdose.
We know that Chiropractic offers a safe and powerful alternative for treating both chronic and acute pain. Again and again, research proves positive outcomes, cost effectiveness, and high patient satisfaction rates.
We applaud the Foundation for this powerful statement. You can read it in full here.