SAN JOSE, California., August 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – During National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in September, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) warns that trends in pain and death from drug overdose are worsening in the US, officially hitting a record 90,000 deaths in the United States . Outperform 2020 show that more than ever, Americans must seek safe, effective, and drug-free chiropractic care.
Two important recent pieces of evidence underscore these public health trends. The first 17-year study, published in April, found a “large escalation in pain prevalence” in adult men and women in the United States aged 25 to 84 years in the 17-year period and in lower back and neck pain (15% and 16% increase). The researchers note that their findings “highlight the need for broad interdisciplinary research and interventions for effective responses to the growing problem of pain in The United States. “
The second trend is the increase in drug overdose deaths. In December 2020the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a press release linking the significant mental and economic disorders caused by COVID-19 to a record 81,000 deaths May 2019 and May 2020. Preliminary data from the CDC, which has not yet been finalized, shows that this upward trend continued unabated, reaching 90,000 deaths in the 12 months to the end November 2020.
In the announcement, the CDC attributed the direct cause of the surge in overdose deaths to synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, rather than prescription opioids. A August 2020 However, study in drug and alcohol addiction shows the inability to receive prescription opioids is linked to the onset of heroin use. Such findings are reflected in a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse published in June which also found that prescription opioids often precede heroin use and that many people with an opioid use disorder report that they use them because of their lower cost and ease of use have switched from prescription drugs to heroin.
“These worrying trends are further indicators that a pharmacological approach to non-cancerous musculoskeletal pain is not only ineffective but also dangerous,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, President of the F4CP. “As the nation hopefully emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic for good, our progress in fighting the opioid epidemic has stalled as the pain continues to debilitate more Americans than it did two decades ago. Fortunately, evidence is still emerging that safe and drug-free chiropractic care “can help more people find the relief they need without the risks associated with opioids and other addictive drugs prescribed for pain, such as benzodiazepines . “
Inverse relationship between chiropractic care and opioid use
One such recent study of the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care found that elderly patients who were first prescribed opioids were 42 times more likely to have harmful drug incidents than those who first received manipulative spine therapy (SMT). DCs provide nearly 97% of SMT in the US, according to a recent analysis of claims data covering a 12 month experience in a national commercial insured population. Adverse drug events can include medication errors, overdoses, or other drug reactions that harm the patient.
Similarly a December 2020 Study in Pain Medicine found that patients with spinal pain who visited a chiropractor were half the risk of filling out an opioid prescription. Those who visited a chiropractor within 30 days of diagnosis had greater risk reduction compared to their first visit after the acute phase. A review of the literature published the year before, also in Pain Medicine, came to a similar conclusion, with the authors finding an “inverse relationship” between the use of chiropractic care and patients receiving an opioid prescription from another provider, according to the doctors Chiropractic care (DCs) do not prescribe pharmaceutical drugs.
“During Drug-Free Pain Management Month, we discover that pain and opioid disorders remain intimately linked and require increasing public health issues that require an interdisciplinary model of care that more often includes drug-free care such as chiropractic first. Line approach, “said Dr. McAllister.” Chiropractic alone cannot solve these pressing and complex challenges, but it can certainly play an important role. Chiropractors across the country are keen to do their part to reverse these trends. “
About the Foundation for Advancement in Chiropractic
As a non-profit organization with over 29,000 members, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) educates and educates the public about the value of chiropractic care from Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.org; call 866-901-F4CP (3427)
National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month is held each September to help educate the public about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers.
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SOURCE Foundation for Chiropractic Progress