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Latest Gallup-Palmer Research Finds Americans Prefer Drug-Free Pain Management
By FCA National News   
Monday, 25 September 2017
A new Gallup report cites data collected from February through March 2017 as part of the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Study of Americans revealed that 78% of Americans prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before they take pain medication prescribed by a doctor. Read more to access the report.
 
According to the report posted on the Gallup website, Americans see multiple causes for the opioid problem. Forty-four percent of Americans see prescription painkillers as a "crisis" or "very serious problem" in their local area, and 55% of those who know about the problem place "a lot" of blame on "the pharmaceutical industry encouraging doctors to use opioids." Fifty-three percent place "a lot" of blame on "doctors overprescribing painkillers to their patients."
 
Gallup's analysis, in collaboration with Palmer College of Chiropractic, presents findings that suggest that Americans are aware of the dangers associated with opioid misuse and are open to drug-free alternatives for pain management. 78% prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before they take pain medication prescribed by a doctor. This finding is based on data collected from February through March 2017 as part of the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Study of Americans.
 
Nearly a third of Americans say prescription pain medication is either "not very safe" (23%) or "not safe at all" (8%).