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Opioids: The Crisis

Did you know?

• The #1 cause of disability worldwide is spinal pain. 

• The annual cost of pain is $600B. More than heart disease ($309B) and cancer ($243B) combined. 

• Nearly 25% of all opioid prescriptions are given for back pain. The Institute of Medicine, FDA, & CDC guidelines all recommend non-opioid and non-pharmacologic approaches as the first line of defense in dealing with chronic pain 

• 1 of 3 Americans Take Opioid Drug 

• 1.9 Million Americans are Addicted to Opioid Drugs 

• 175 people DIE per day from Opioids 

• 63.4% of Opioid users start because of a physical pain A baby is born every 25 minutes addicted to opioid drugs (having withdrawals) and it costs $1.5B/year to rehab these babies ($50k per baby) (Journal of Perinatology 2015) Life Expectancy has declined three years in a row for the first time in 100 years. (due to flu pandemic in 1916-2018) 

The CDC attributes the drop in life expectancy (2016-2018) to Opioid Use. 

CHIROPRACTIC HAS A HUGE ROLE TO PLAY IN COMBATING THIS CRISIS: According to Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Dec. 2017: Chiropractic Patients shown to use 55% less opioids than non-chiropractic recipients.


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