A Look Back: The Joint’s Series on the Opioid Epidemic
By Martin Henderson
September is Pain Awareness Month. Tragically, pain management in the 21st century has devolved into a drug-fueled trail of tears. Opioid addiction has reached epidemic status in America. As people seek help -- either from the medical profession or themselves -- relief from hydrocodone to heroin killed 115 Americans daily in 2016. By comparison, there were 102 daily auto-related deaths that same year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nearly two-thirds of the 63,632 fatal drug overdoses in 2016 involved either a prescription or illicit opioid.
“No area of the United States is exempt from this epidemic -- we all know a friend, family member, or loved one devastated by opioids,” says Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director.
The Joint Chiropractic did a four-part deep dive into the opioid epidemic in Summer 2017. Here are links to those articles.
The series provides the reader an opportunity to understand the big picture and what can be done to keep from becoming a victim.
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