Fighting the Opioid Crisis with Chiropractic
The addiction of Americans to Opioid medications is at epidemic levels in the United States. Statistics show that the American population makes up 4% of the worlds population and 80% of the Opioid drug use and addiction takes place in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 30,000 people a year die from opioid addition overdose in the US alone. Looking a little closer to home, 16 people a day die of Opioid overdose in Florida. These number are staggering and cannot be ignored. Most of the people who get addicted to the Opioid drugs have some sort of pain from an injury or were recovering from a medical procedure. The Medical community have resorted to prescribing dangerous Opioid medications for pain ignoring the long term problems they may cause. Why prescribe Opioid medications? The answer is that they do make the pain go and it is easy. With so many Americans suffering from chronic pain, such as sciatica, neck, knee, shoulder, foot, and back pain, the reliance on prescription medication has led to a record number of people falling into opioid addiction. With the impact these conditions have on a persons everyday routine, many people turn to opioids to get them through the work day and everyday home living. The problem snowballs when the prescriptions expire and the addiction remains. That leads us down a dark path of illegal drugs such as heroin and others to substitute for the prescription medications. The illegal drugs are unregulated, dangerous, and often poisoned causing further addition or death by overdose.
There is a better way that is safer more effective. These alternatives include Chiropractic Manipulation, Acoustic Compression Therapy, spinal decompression therapy, physical therapy modalities, Acupuncture, massage therapy and specific stretching therapy. These therapies are the wave of the future. They have no side effects and they are not addictive. What people do not understand is that prescription medications only treat the symptom (pain) while ignoring the cause of the pain. Chiropractic and other alternative health care professions offers natural solutions to pain relief, focusing on the underlying issue rather than simply masking your pain.. They allow the body to manage the pain using the built in intelligence the human body possesses, keeping the nerve pathways open between the the body and the brain. All this is done without the dangerous and addictive Opioid medications.
Using the Natural healing methods you avoid getting addicted to pain medication. If the addiction process has already taken hold there are ways to break this cycle. Acupuncture and Chiropractic combined can open Brain pathways and allow the innate intelligence of the body to take over and relieve the addition and start the patient on a drug free/ pain free future.
Replacing habit forming prescription drugs with an all natural approach that focuses on the overall health and long term care of the patient should be the the priorities of every health care provider. Our Nation is in Crisis with this problem, families are being destroyed, the safety we enjoy has vanished. This is a problem of the poor or the inner city. This Crisis affects everyone in the United States and crosses all the social and economic barriers that exist. Natural Health Care is the best and seemingly the only true way to slow down and ultimitly solve this epidemic.