THE CHIROPRACTOR'S OPIOID CRISIS TOOLKIT

The Chiropractor’s Opioid Crisis Toolkit

The Chiropractic Summit and its partners put together an Opioid Crisis Toolkit. This FREE toolkit was created for you to use in your community. The resources included can help you easily spread the word about the opioid crisis to not only your patients, but other doctors in your area.

The Opioid Crisis

  • 249 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2013.
  • There has been a 400% increase in prescriptions for opioids since 1999, but there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.
  • As many as one in four patients who are receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting are struggling with addiction.
  • From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
  • Total US societal costs of prescription opioid abuse were estimated at $55.7 billion in 2007.

The Policy Statements
Statement by the President on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
The White House – Office of the Press Secretary – 8/19/2016

”Today, I signed S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 into law. This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic. Given the scope of this crisis, some action is better than none. Every day, 78 Americans die from opioid overdoses. I have heard from too many families across the country whose lives have been shattered by this epidemic, including a mom from Ohio who recently wrote: ‘There are not near enough facilities in this area to handle the amount of care that is needed … We need help.'”

Statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“Nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain.”

Statement from the Joint Commission on Pain Management:
“Patients can expect that their health care providers will involve them in their assessment and management of pain. Both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies have a role in the management of pain … some nonpharmacologic strategies may include: physical modalities (for example, acupuncture therapy, chiropractic therapy, osteopathic manipulative treatment, massage therapy, and physical therapy), relaxation therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.”

The Solution: Chiropractic Care

  • In a study funded by the National Institute of Health, researchers found that less opioids are prescribed to younger, disabled Medicare beneficiaries in areas where there are more DCs and more support for chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) by Medicare.
  • A study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ Open) found an association between early reimbursement for chiropractic care and shorter worker’s compensation claim duration. The same study found that early reimbursement for opioids predicted prolonged worker’s compensation claim duration.

Take Action!

The Action
The Chiropractic Summit and it’s partners put together an Opioid Crisis Toolkit. This FREE toolkit was created for you to use in your community. The resources included can help you easily spread the word about the opioid crisis to not only your patients, but other doctors in your area.

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