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Opioid Epidemic

A Natural Solution to Ohio's Opioid Epidemic: Chiropractic First

Doctors of Chiropractic in Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Wayne and Holmes counties are working everyday to prevent Ohioans from becoming addicted to opiate medications, and helping break the cycle of addiction with relief from non-drug treatment. Every patient that starts with chiropractic care first significantly reduces their risk of opioid addiction and death. Help us end the opioid epidemic in Ohio by telling a friend.

Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. A record 3,050 Ohioans died from drug overdoses in 2015, up 20.5% from 2014.

80% of heroin addicts started with a reliance on prescribed pain medications.

What if patients were provided non-drug treatment for pain before using addictive prescription medications? What if patients tried chiropractic first?

A study examining very large Medicare datasets found that in geographic locations with more doctors of chiropractic providing spinal manipulation, there were fewer patients taking opioid drugs.


Ohio Gov's Opiate Action Team Recommends Non-drug Treatment First

Governor Kasich's team of medical experts created recommendations for acute pain treatment to help reduce opiate addiction and death in Ohio: "Chiropractic treatment, acupuncture/ acupressure, nutrition, exercise, massage and wellness programs need to be considered first when patients experience musculoskeletal injuries."

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American College of Physicians Recommends Non-drug Treatment First

The American College of Physicians updated medical guidelines for back pain based on the latest research. Chiropractic and non-drug treatments were recommended as a first line approach for back pain rather than medication. ACP guidelines recommended chiropractic manipulation for new and old injuries.

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PROVIDERS THROUGHOUT THE HEALTH CARE SPECTRUM ARE NOW ADVOCATING CHIROPRACTIC AS A LEADING ALTERNATIVE TO USUAL MEDICAL CARE.


Chiropractic Safer Than Opioids

The Opioid Problem & A Natural Solution

The Institute of Medicine, Federal Drug Administration, and Center for Disease Control Guidelines all recommend non-drug options as first-line treatment for chronic pain to avoid opioid use and addiction. Learn more about the opioid epidemic and a natural solution: chiropractic treatment first.

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"As longtime advocates of drug-free management of acute, subacute and chronic back, neck and neuro-musculoskeletal pain, the chiropractic profession is aligned with important [opioid] initiatives and committed to actively participate in solving the prescription opioid addiction crisis... Doctors of Chiropractic are educated, trained and positioned to deliver non-pharmacologic pain management and play a leading role in "America's Opioid Exit Strategy."

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stop ohio opioid epidemic

  1. Family First - When your family is hurting from an injury, start with safe and effective chiropractic treatment before using medications. Find a local doctor of chiropractic above.
  2. Tell Your Friends - Help your friends avoid becoming another statistic of Ohio's opioid epidemic. Share our resources and recommend they try chiropractic first.
  3. Educate Your Health Provider - Some providers, including family doctors, are still unaware that state and national medical guidelines recommend chiropractic before medication.
  4. - click here to submit your story

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  2. www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1508490#t=arti...
  3. http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(16)00...

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