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F4CP Cites Need for Access by U.S. Veterans to Drug-free Chiropractic Care for Pain Management of Combat & Non-Combat Military Service Related Injuries

68,000 Vets addicted to opioid painkillers -- surged by 270 percent between 2000 and 2012.

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – September 18, 2017 – Honoring service men and women for their extraordinary contributions to American society, The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a leading voice of the chiropractic profession, calls for improved access to first-line non-pharmacologic options for veterans battling acute and chronic pain. This call-to-action by F4CP in support of US military and veterans, underscores the initiatives during September Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month and its goals to improve access to drug-free chiropractic care.

Veterans are dying from accidental opioid overdoses at a 33 percent higher rate than the rest of the U.S. population, an alarming rate that must be addressed,” says Honorary Chair of the F4CP campaign, General Rebecca Halstead, (ret.). “The military often uses prescription painkillers as a response to pain, leading to abuse and addiction. Our soldiers deserve access to first-line, drug-free care that a doctor of chiropractic can provide.”

A recent study, conducted at an Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, assessed the impact of adding chiropractic care to standard medical care for low back pain management. The report concluded that participants who received chiropractic care along with standard medical care were more than four times as likely to report their pain as moderately better, much better or completed gone with 73 percent in comparison to those that received only standard medical care at 17 percent.

General Halstead adds, “Veterans and active duty military personnel need practical, effective care that relieves pain, while allowing them to avoid medications that lessen their duty readiness. Musculoskeletal pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the active military and veteran populations. Consequently, chiropractic services should be expanded in the Department of Defense and Veteran’s health care systems.”

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and Foundation for Chiropractic Education

A not-for-profit organization, Foundation for Chiropractic Education (501-C3) 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; call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestYouTube.