The following report was issued by the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and was titled

painkillerspillsVital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among Women — United States, 1999–2010

In 2010, enough opioid pain relievers (OPR) were sold to medicate every adult in the United States with the equivalent of a typical dose of 5 mg of hydrocodone every 4 hours for 1 month (1), a 300% increase in the sales rate over 11 years. This rise in distribution of OPR is concomitant with increasing rates of drug overdose death and chronic, non-medical use of OPR (2,3).

*Medical providers are looking for OPTIONS for their spine patients that focused on non-opioid pain management and bio-mechanical correction.  The time is NOW to reach out and TEACH what chiropractic care can offer as part of the larger healthcare team.

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