With opioid-related deaths continuing to rise, many entities are doing their part to educate both prescribers and patients on the potential dangers of using prescription painkillers for chronic pain. Government officials, presidential candidates and other advocacy groups have publicly made it known that there’s a problem — and something needs to be done to tackle growing concerns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013, an increase of 1% from 2012. Total drug overdose deaths in 2013 hit 43,982, up 6% from 2012.
To help curb opioid overdose, misuse and abuse in the United States, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will be launching a new initiative during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM), which is in October. This year’s theme has a hashtag paired with it: #PainFreeNation.
The ACA’s nationwide campaign aims to further educate the public on “conservative forms” of care for both acute and chronic pain. According to the organization, patients shouldn’t initially go for “higher risk” options — such as prescription painkillers.
“With increasing volumes of research highlighting the risks of overuse and abuse of pain medications, the ACA strongly urges patients and healthcare providers to first exhaust non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments for pain management and health improvement strategies before moving on to other options,” ACA President Anthony Hamm said in an interview.
Source: Forbes.com – July 31, 2015