More Than a Third of Americans Prescribed Opioids in 2015

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Millions of Americans suffer from a wide-range of debilitating chronic conditions that make everyday life painful. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 1 in every 4 Americans – around 76 million people – suffer from chronic pain that lasts for more than 24 hours. A large percentage of those Americans are being prescribed opioids – despite the escalating epidemic surrounding this highly addictive drug.

New government research is now encouraging a change in how pain is treated, as new numbers indicate that 92 million Americans used prescription opioids in 2015.

“A very large proportion and large number of adults use these medications in a given year,” said study author Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Maryland. The research was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. For the new study, the researchers analyzed data from 51,200 adults collected in 2015 during face–to–face interviews for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Results showed that 38% of US adults were prescribed opioids in 2015.

After taking one specific opioid off the market, the government is now urging MDs to research other pain management techniques. Most recently, the FDA released guidelines proposing that doctors learn how acupuncture can be used in this capacity.

Many ERs across the country have embraced acupuncture for tackling acute and chronic pain. One Minnesotan hospital cites a decrease in costs and an increase in efficacy as the reason for offering its ER patients acupuncture instead of opioids. Patients experience immediate pain relief without a huge bill or unwanted toxic side effects. MDs running their own practices are also making the change from pharmaceutical medication to Traditional Chinese Medical therapies.

Acupuncture is the world’s original pain reliever and is effective within 8 seconds.  It doesn’t work with all pains, especially structural issues, however here at the clinic we evaluate your response over three treatments. If the pain is not significantly reduced in those treatments, acupuncture will most likely not be the answer to your pain relief.  We have a quick and efficient way to get to the solution. Call now.

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