The United States is fighting a prescription drug overdose epidemic. We here at All American Healthcare Hammond are joining the fight this October to prevent this epidemic and be a part of #PainFreeNation. -All American Healthcare Hammond
The use of prescription pain pills is increasing every year; yet, the amount of pain that Americans report is not. According to multiple studies, drug overdose deaths have nearly doubled in the past 14 years and is the leading cause of accidental deaths to date, passing the number of deaths by car accidents and suicide per year. Medical groups have committed to training over half a million doctors on safe prescription methods. Additionally, the Obama Administration is working on increasing access to drug treatment and proposed $133 million in spending to fight the growing epidemic. This will include training, collecting data, and expanding access to Naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. These are all steps to alleviate what the CDC is calling the “worst drug epidemic in history.”
Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers and many more become addicted. -CDC
Prescription rates often vary depending on where you live; not because pain conditions vary, but because doctors often disagree about when prescription is necessary and how much to recommend. So what can be done on a national level to help alleviate this epidemic? For starters, the federal government is helping develop programs and policies to help doctors learn proper prescription methods for patients in pain. They are also increasing access to drug treatment programs and pushing for insurance companies to offer coverage for addiction through the Affordable Care Act. States can act in a similar manner by developing programs that will monitor prescription drug use and help identify where overprescribing problems occur.
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand the training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers. – The Washington Post
Individuals can also take action on their own accord. Dispose of your medications properly. Don’t sell or share prescription drugs with others, and get help for substance abuse problems when needed. Lastly, avoid taking prescription painkillers if you do not feel they are necessary. Look at your treatment options before masking your pain with prescription drugs. This is why chiropractic’s non-drug approach is extremely relevant today. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems. Our natural approach to pain management can eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and even surgery in some cases.
Failure to adequately address and treat pain has cause a growing epidemic across the nation. Join us in the movement this October to be a #PainFreeNation. Millions of Americans are effected by pain everyday. See how you can be part of the solution today.