Dartmouth Study Promotes New Direction in Opioid Crisis

The United States is in the midst of the worst addiction epidemic in history and New Hampshire has become its poster child. The statistics are startling with nearly 64,000 lives lost to overdoses in 2016, a greater loss of life than the entire Vietnam War. As attention is focused on finding a solution to this crisis, the finger of blame has been pointed firmly in the direction of the pharmaceutical industry and a medical community encouraged for over a decade to generously prescribe some of the most addictive substances known to man. The CDC estimates that up to 80% of heroin addicts developed their addiction through the legitimate use of opioid medications.

As scientists and policymakers around the country have struggled to come up with strategies for this societal catastrophe, new research out of Dartmouth College lends support to treatment options endorsed by nearly every major health agency in the country. Upon reconsideration of the treatment of pain, the CDC, Joint Commission, FDA, Institute of Medicine, American College of Physicians and the Canadian government have all adopted new standards calling for non-pharmacologic methods as a “first-line” approach. Last month, The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, called for non-drug therapies first in its comprehensive study on lower back pain. (more…)

West Virginia Governor Sees Chiropractic as a Safe Treatment Option for Opioids

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Chiropractic: A Safe Treatment Option for Opioids

Charleston, WV, April 10, 2018 – On March 27, 2018 – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 273, “Reducing Use of Certain Prescription Drugs” into law effective June 7, 2018. The purpose of Senate Bill 273 is to reduce the overuse of prescriptions of opioids and create a method to provide alternative treatment plans rather than prescribing. Senate Bill 273 benefits the Chiropractic profession in West Virginia and provides for Doctors of Chiropractic to treat pain while decreasing the amount of prescriptions in our state. (more…)

Association Between Chiropractic Treatment and Decreased Opioid Prescription

J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Feb 22. doi: 10.1089/acm.2017.0131. [Epub ahead of print]
Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids.
Whedon JM1, Toler AWJ1, Goehl JM2, Kazal LA2.
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Pain relief resulting from services delivered by doctors of chiropractic may allow patients to use lower or less frequent doses of opioids, leading to reduced risk of adverse effects. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the association between utilization of chiropractic services and the use of prescription opioid medications. (more…)