Here are just a few of their findings:
- Even though there are fewer people filling opioid prescriptions overall, those that are filling them are filling more of them for longer periods, citing an 8.4 percent increase.
- Of the subjects that filled more than a 30-day supply of opioids within a one-year timeframe, almost 50 percent were still taking them three years later.
- Opioid use is highest among our nation’s seniors; however, adults between 20 and 44 years of age filled a larger number of prescriptions for longer periods of time.
- More women take opioid prescriptions (30 percent) than men, but men tend to take higher doses for longer amounts of time.
- Roughly 60 percent of opioid users were taking them with other medications (such as anti-anxiety prescriptions) that, when mixed, can cause a fatal overdose.
For instance, one study conducted by Palmer Center for Chiropractic Care found that almost three-quarters of their test subjects reported lower levels of low back pain when they engaged in treatment via medical care and chiropractic. Another piece of research that reviewed 21 different controlled clinical trials found that chiropractic care improved migraine headaches, showing that this particular treatment method is effective for many different types of body-related pain.
Essentially, chiropractic care can offer short and long-term pain reduction without the risk of addiction and negative side-effects often associated with pain killers. It’s time to start reversing the trend.
A nation in pain: focusing on U.S. opioid trends for treatment of short-term and longer-term pain. (2014, December). Express Scripts.
Bryans, R, DC et al. (2011, June). Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache [Abstract]. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(5), 274-289.
Positive findings in military low-back pain study. Palmer College of Chiropractic. Retrieved from http://www.palmer.edu/research/studies/military-study-low-back-pain-relief-with-chiropractic-care/
Written by: Michael Melton on December 15, 2014.