Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Supports Opioid Commission Recommendation: Declare Opioid Epidemic National Emergency
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – August 1, 2017 – The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the leading voice of the chiropractic profession, strongly endorses recommendations from the White House panel examining the nation's ongoing opioid crisis to declare the epidemic as a national public health emergency.
“The chiropractic profession has long recognized the dangers of prescription opioid use and abuse, and has tirelessly advocated for drug-free strategies for patient care," says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. "A commitment to fighting this scourge must come from the highest levels of government. It will resonate throughout the healthcare ecosystem, and the chiropractic profession welcomes a declaration of this magnitude. "
Dr. McAllister cites the importance of empowering cabinet members to take bold steps that would compel Congress to focus on funding and empowering the Executive Branch even further to deal with the loss of life resulting from prescription drug abuse.
is ticking, and every time a new prescription is written or
re-filled for opioids, the potential for addiction grows,"
Dr. McAllister. "Doctors of chiropractic nationwide are
dedicated to offering Americans drug free care that is proven
safe and effective. Now is the time for action."
A new 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.
the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommended in
clinical practice guideline published
of Internal Medicine that
physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low
with non-drug therapies, including spinal
manipulation. Low back
pain is one of the most common reasons for all physician
the U.S. and a major contributor to Opioid prescribing.
ACP leaders also said that physicians should avoid prescribing unnecessary tests and costly and potentially harmful drugs, especially narcotics, for these patients.
About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and Foundation for Chiropractic Education
A not-for-profit organization, Foundation for Chiropractic Education (501-(C)(3)) and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (501C6) provide information and education regarding the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.com; call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube.