National Chiropractic Health Month: The Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

October is Chiropractic Health Month:  Educate Your Patients and Your Community


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Numerous recent studies have shown the dangerous overreliance in the United States on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure it. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods. According to the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013, an increase of 1% from 2012. Total drug overdose deaths in 2013 hit 43,982, up 6% from 2012.¹  The problem is so severe that the CDC has declared the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”
“…Chiropractic’s non-drug approach is particularly relevant today in light of the rampant overuse and abuse of prescription opioid medications. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems and their natural approach can eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and surgery in some cases. The U.S. military is now investigating chiropractic services and other conservative treatment strategies to mitigate the alarming rate of opioid abuse and addiction among troops. Early results of that research show that combining chiropractic manipulative treatment with medical care provides significant improvement in lessening pain and enhancing solider readiness. …”