October 27, 2017
Official declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency will boost federal resources and power
Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the leading voice of the chiropractic profession, cites the importance of offering drug-free care as a first-line approach to manage spine and joint-related pain before opioid drugs.
A study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that about one in three Americans -- 91.8 million people -- used prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for all physician visits in the U.S. and a major contributor to opioid prescribing.
Harvard Medical School notes that low back pain be addressed by a doctor of chiropractic. Also, the American College of Physicians recommended in an evidence-based clinical practice guideline published in Annals of Internal Medicine that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies, including spinal manipulation.
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