Opioid use is at epidemic proportions due to improper prescriptive policies and too many people using them for the wrong reasons. Opioids are known for their ability to kill pain, but they are also addictive.
This epidemic is our fault, since most doctors had recommended them for different pain conditions that they were ill equipped to manage or treat. Often, the patient was given too large a dose, which developed a dependence. In other cases, they had a painful condition whose treatment was management with opioid drugs, rather than considering which practitioner is most likely to conservatively help the patient get out of pain. Pain management clinics often implicated since they rely heavily on these drugs, that like heroin, require a drug rehab program to help them get off the drug.
The president is right to get involved, since the medical profession only recently has gotten involved in helping patients understand the addictive nature of these drugs. You can read one doctors opinion about the problem here.
The chiropractic profession has in a big way been educating their patients about the pitfalls of these drugs. Unfortunately, often patients are given drugs by their doctors instead of being recommended to a chiropractor first, for drugless approaches to pain relief. Since the current research more than ever is implicating motion as a huge part of the chronic pain problem, chiropractic care is a natural for problems relating to joint movement. This would include back and neck and even knee and shoulder pain.
Read more about that the president is going to do regarding the Opioid problem.
Obama Seeks More Than $1 Billion to Fight Opioid Abuse
By GARDINER HARRISFEB. 2, 2016
WASHINGTON “” The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would ask Congress to spend an additional $1.1 billion next year to combat a growing epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse.
Almost half of the new money would be used to expand treatment facilities, which are in short supply in much of the nation.
“œOpioid abuse and overdoses have hurt families from across this nation,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, said in a news conference. “œMy home state of West Virginia has felt the cost almost more than any other.”
The other half of the money would go to programs intended to prevent prescription drug overdoses, crack down on illegal sales, and improve access to naloxone, a drug that can rescue those who have overdosed.