The chiropractic profession is well-positioned to impact the opioid epidemic and the associated drug overdose death rate that has seized America. Most of those deaths are occurring amongst people who are in the highly productive years of their lives — the years where they’re supposed to be raising kids and becoming leaders of the next generation.
As primary, front-line providers of drug-free pain management, doctors of chiropractic can help Americans of every age to avoid taking prescription painkillers – which is the way that many individuals start the downward spiral to using heroin when prescription meds run out, are no longer prescribed by their physicians, or become too expensive. For these reasons, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) has launched a campaign to Save Lives, Stop Opioid Abuse, Choose Chiropractic.
We are spreading the message nationwide: access chiropractic care FIRST for pain related to back, neck and musculoskeletal pain and avert prescription opioids or the long-term use of over-the-counter drugs. Chiropractic should be the go-to resource for pain management.
F4CP has declared the month of September 2017 as Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month and will be included annually on the healthcare calendar issued by the American Hospital Association.
Awareness events will be held almost every day during September, and there will a great number of events and activities leading up to September that have already kicked off. Newspaper and magazine ads, billboards, TV and radio PSAs, posters, mailings, etc. will be included in this national campaign.
The campaign is well underway and we have received tremendous support. However, to achieve the greatest results and make a significant impact we need the help of everyone associated with the chiropractic profession to support the initiative and help stop these needless deaths with the message CHOOSE CHIROPRACTIC FIRST.
The chiropractic profession is in the unique position to help put a stop to these needless deaths and educate consumers of safer pain management options before taking opioids.
To support the campaign with your participation and donations, visit the F4CP website.