Apr15SunApril 15, 2018
It's absolutely crazy and almost insane that in today's society (in the US alone) 115 people die every day from opioid drugs. And these people aren't just 'street' people or drug addicts as one might commonly think about as someone who uses opioid drugs. Opioid drugs are a common site in the average person's medicine cupboard. Which is dangerous not only for the user but also for the potential danger and risk to the children and other people's hands these substances might get into.
So many people seek relief from pain for so many reasons.
One in every three Americans consume opioid drugs and 1.9 million of those opioid users now find themselves addicted to dangerous pain-relieving medications. Approximately 115 people die every single day from opioid drugs. The medical community began releasing opioids into mainstream healthcare with good intentions but now the billion-dollar pharmaceutical venture potentially causes more harm than help. Medicare recipients spent over four billion dollars on opioid drugs in 2016, equivalent to nearly $3,000 per Medicare recipient. The result of this path of health care now produces addictions and death on a massive scale.
You may be thinking that this problem only exists in the United States. It's very important to remember that Canada has the same problem. We just have a smaller population so to convert these statistics into Canadian terms multiply by 10% and you can see that relatively this is our problem too. It's a big problem and frustration for the medical staff in hospital emergency departments when people come in looking for help because they're in so much pain. Often the solution involves the prescribing of opioid pain relieving drugs.
Many people who come into our office looking for help are taking opioid medications on a regular basis and don't want to. These people are the 'lucky' ones because the chiropractic adjustment is so effective at helping to relieve pain. There are too many people though who don't get the right help and then it's all downhill for them...and their families.
Locally, Simcoe County health officials and police (OPP and local forces) are working together to spread awareness of the problem in our own backyard. Chief Superintendent Rose DeMarco said that “The increase number of incidents involving opioids is on the rise and people are dying in communities right across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. The OPP and our partners the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recognize this and together, we are working to prevent additional
loss of life,”
The Journal of Perinatology produced a report in 2015 stating that a baby is born addicted to opioid drugs every twenty-five minutes. Babies born addicted to opioids come from mothers who used the drugs during pregnancy. The same receptors in which create a chemical dependency in the blood transfer to the fetus. The drug addicted baby comes into the world facing a $50,000 rehabilitation rather than enjoying the simplicity of being held and nursed at the onset of a life full of health and potential.
The trickle-down effect of opioid dependency begins with adults and the choices made available in the health care community. The answer does not involve managing opioid use as much as eradicating the use of powerful and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. Approximately 63% of opioid users begin ingesting these potent chemicals as a means of coping with physical pain. The true pursuit of better health care demands consummate research into the implementation of drugless solutions before any narcotics change hands.
Research conducted in 2018 focused on the benefits of Chiropractic care amidst the opioid epidemic. The study focused on administering Chiropractic care to individuals who used or had access to opioids for the treatment of pain. Regular Chiropractic care served as a primary health solution in place of the dead-end cycle of dangerous drugs. Patients who engaged with regular Chiropractic care began filling prescriptions at a rate 55% lower than those who did not receive care. Safe and effective Chiropractic adjustments provided enough pain relief that patients began using lower doses of opioids and consumed them less frequently. Research continues to reinforce the evidence that long term health directly relates to the condition of the spine and body. A healthy spine minimizes and reduces physical pain while providing a long-term drug free solution that no opioid will ever provide.
Chiropractic care also costs significantly less than the medical cycle of treatment. A patient succumbing to the cycle of pharmaceutical drugs, surgeries, and doctor visits faces medical bills far more substantial than someone recovering their health and freedom from opioids through Chiropractic care. America deserves an alternative to the bindings of a health care system that suggests the use of addictive drugs as a means to long term health and freedom from pain. Chiropractic plays a distinct and unique role in helping men, women, children, and babies experience the recuperative capabilities of their own bodies by ensuring the most vital parts of the body communicate and heal naturally. Better healthcare on the national level begins with educating all people about the research-based options that exist outside of the medical model of drugs and surgery. Better healthcare in the local community and home begins with taking the family to the local Chiropractor.
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SHARED THE AWESOMENESS OF CHIROPRACTIC WITH YOUR LOVED ONES... DO SO TODAY!!
The material and information for this blog article was inspired by Dr Dan Sullivan, The Chiropractic Advocate.
Scientific Reference: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine February 22, 2018 “Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids.” JM Whedon, AWJ Toler, JM Goehl, LA Kazal