Each October, the chiropractic profession celebrates National Chiropractic Health Month and offers the community important and relevant health-related information. This year, we're supporting the 2015 theme, #PainFreeNation, along with the American Chiropractic Association and chiropractors across the nation.
The Painkiller Epidemic
You may have read or heard about the current drug crisis in the United States. Stories featured in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and all major publications, have grabbed Americans' attention on what the Center for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling "the worst drug epidemic in history."
Prescription pain medications are being prescribed, used and abused at an alarming rate. At the root of this epidemic is a lack of options for pain management. Countless Americans are suffering from chronic pain and are left with nothing but a prescription to mask the pain. Some of the major stats:
- The number of opioid-related deaths has tripled since 1999; 17,000 deaths in 2011
- From 2007 to 2010 (THREE years), the number of opioid addiction hospitalizations quadrupled
- In 1991, the number of opioid prescriptions was 76 million; in 2011, it was 219 million
- 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain; primary chronic pain issues are musculoskeletal
- Three most common types of pain: Low back, headache/migraine, neck pain
We're here to change this.
How Chiropractic Can Help Create a #PainFreeNation
Chronic pain, and how we deal with it, is a major problem in the United States. We're here to say, 'there's a solution.' A large number of chronic pain and pain issues are due to musculoskeletal problems—and guess what? Chiropractors are EXPERTS in disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. And the best part? Chiropractic is 100 percent drug-free.
Chiropractors see patients for a wide-range of different health problems, and back pain, neck pain and headaches or migraines top the list. So why don't more people see a chiropractor instead of seeing their family physician for a prescription? Because they simply don't KNOW that chiropractic is an option. Can you be part of the change and tell your friends and family members about chiropractic care?
We've got some great information available to you online at www.chiroone.net/painfreenation. There you'll find our infographic, The Painkiller Epidemic: How Chiropractic Can Fix It, which walks you through the stats and facts surrounding this issue and outlines chiropractic's important role in solving the problem. You'll also see our video, WARNING: Side Effects of Chiropractic Adjustments Revealed, where we highlight chiropractic's "side effects" versus the laundry list of side effects for prescription medications. We're on our way to a #PainFreeNation and your support helps us get there!