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February 2018: Learning about the Opioid Epidemic and Chiropractic

February 2018

Q: Hey Dr. D, what did you learn at your seminar?

A: Last weekend, the team and I attended Chiro-Jam in Southern California - one of the biggest Chiropractic and Wellness seminars in the world. There was a huge amount of information, ideas, statistics, and philosophies that were presented from some of the top speakers from around the globe. Although most of the material was extremely positive and inspirational, there is one resounding take- away that I feel everybody needs to hear about.

A lot was said about the Opioid epidemic that is of massive concern in North America. This line of medications is killing thousands and thousands of people. The vast majority of the opioids causing harm are being prescribed by doctors and at an overwhelming rate. I am not sure how many of you have been affected by its influence but several of our practice members have had loved one’s die as a result of these drugs, which has absolutely crushed their families.

Here are a few stats: It is estimated that 36 million people are addicted to opioids worldwide (reported)[1]. Considering North America takes 80% of the world’s medications and 99% of the world’s hydrocodone (common in T3s, cough syrup, Vicodin, etc) the reality is our community is in big trouble; this is even more remarkable considering North America only has 5.5% of the world’s population. Over a 5 day period, there will be 7 deaths in Alberta due to opioid overdose[2]... and this is only what is reported, which is estimated to be a very low depiction.

Opioids are mainly prescribed for pain. The majority of them are given for neck and lower back pain, headaches, and chronic pain to name a few. They are not working! Instead, they have created a health crisis that continues to get worse which ruins and takes more lives every day!
Why am I mentioning this? Because people need to hear about the benefits of Chiropractic care! It is the most evidence-based, natural, cost-effective and clinically successful way to help many of the pain based conditions that opioids are being prescribed for. Families are looking for an option other than medications to get better. Politicians are looking for a non-drug approach to help these conditions. Medicine and pharmaceutical companies are looking to eradicate the epidemic by supplying a different drug. Huh? Which one of these approaches doesn’t make sense to you?

I am on a mission to tell as many people as I can about Chiropractic care because I feel it is a moral obligation to provide the possibility of better health in a natural, effective way. Unfortunately, many families don’t know about the benefits and safety of Chiropractic care and do not consider Chiropractic until someone has the courage to suggest it to them.

Who could you possibly save and steer towards health by choosing a better path? Something has to change and I believe that Chiropractic can play an immeasurable role in affecting the direction of many, many valuable lives.

Please help us spread the word. I will do my very best.

Yours in Health,

Dr. D

[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/
[2] www.albertahealthservices.ca/DrugSafe

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