Enough is enough.
We have a massive problem in the United States with deaths and over-dose from opiods. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths from opiods in the United States in 2017 alone. A White House report last fall put the cost to the country of the overdose epidemic at more than $500 billion a year. The vast majority of the people who ultimately died, were initially prescribed opiods by a doctor for some type of pain. They went on to become addicted to opiods and ended up overdosing. They died horrible, unnecessary deaths. Some overdosed on the prescription drugs, and some turned to street drugs when they were unable to acquire the prescription drugs.
These deaths, caused by the medical profession, in concert with pharmaceutical companies are unacceptable, unnecessary and should not be tolerated. Doctors prescribed these drugs inappropriately. Many of the conditions for which these drugs were prescribed are not even helped by opiods. The science if very clear on that now. And yet over 70,000 people per year are dying needlessly. And this epidemic is getting worse every year.
What are the alternatives?
As a chiropractor, I have seen a lot in the last 30+ years. And before my chiropractic career, I worked with some of the sickest people on the planet at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. I know a lot about pain, how it works, and the solutions for it. There are certainly times when opiods are appropriate, but so often, there are very effective non-drug solutions.
Chiropractic has always advocated for a drug-free lifestyle. In fact, chiropractic is the largest drug-free health care profession in the world. A recent article in the JMPT noted that 30% of people who have suffered from spinal pain have used chiropractic care. These people often suffered from chronic neck and low back pain. They looked at over 6,000 patients from 125 clinics in the U.S. The typical patient was highly educated and had been in pain and using chiropractic care for years. The take away is that 90% of the patients under chiropractic care reported “high satisfaction with their care”. This group was successful in avoiding both opiods and spinal surgery.
Since we have such a massive problem with addiction and overdose, why wouldn’t the medical profession encourage patients with these types of problems to seek chiropractic care prior to prescribing narcotics? Why wouldn’t insurance companies urge physicians to seek a chiropractic consult prior to receiving a narcotics prescription? Why wouldn’t legislators urge medical providers and chiropractic physicians to work together to help avoid narcotics related deaths? Our children, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and friends are dying at unprecedented rates. Enough is enough. Please share this article with everyone you know and ask them to send it on. You might save a life.
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Reference: Herman PM, Kommareddi M, Sorbero ME et al. Characteristics of Chiropractic Patients Being Treated for Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2018, Jul-Aug;41 (6): 445-455.