175 people were killed today in the U.S. But it wasn’t in a hurricane or at the hands of a mass murderer. That’s the number of people who die from drug overdoses each day, according to multiple sources, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
That’s 175 people EVERY DAY. 64,000 people EVERY YEAR. 64,000! It’s the $64,000 question, for sure. Without easy answers.
One way to start, though, is with prevention. If only there were drug-free options for treating pain…Oh wait, there are! It’s what we’ve been doing for years here at Lakewood Chiropractic Offices.
“Complementary and alternative” treatment is the term applied to chiropractic these days. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if the drug-based approach to musculoskeletal pain was considered “complementary and alternative” therapy? Or if they had television commercials advising us to, “Ask your doctor about chiropractic care”, or “Ask your doctor how to avoid taking prescription pain medicine.” Well, a guy can dream.
Chiropractors believe in a well-rounded approach to health care and health maintenance. There is, of course, a time and a place for medication in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pain (nerves, muscles, and bones). And you should never stop taking medications prescribed to you without consulting the prescribing physician.
But avoiding unnecessary opioid use in the first place is an important step in dealing with this crisis. Chiropractic offers a safe and effective treatment that can help people feel better without prescription pain medicines – and the dangers associated with them.
More to come on this topic in future posts…