7 Ways to Help Combat Opioid Abuse

By The Joint Chiropractic

Woman Looking at Bottle of Opioids

The opioid crisis is now a national public health emergency. On Oct. 26, President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to direct funding toward combating the epidemic.

Statistically, it’s likely you or someone close to you has dealt with this issue. In 2015, 1 in 3 Americans used an opioid, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. More Americans suffer from chronic pain than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Chronic pain, defined as any pain that lasts for more than three months, is the most common cause of long-term disability and cited as the most common reason Americans utilize the healthcare system. One of the most common treatments for chronic pain in the current healthcare system is opioid prescriptions, including codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and methadone.

There are a variety of natural alternatives to assist in treatment of chronic pain, including chiropractic care. Below are seven resources in which you can find more information about relieving chronic pain, the opioid crisis and how chiropractic care can help:

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