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So much attention focuses on viruses that many other serious healthcare crises fade to the back burner. A primary area of great concern continues to be the treatment of painful conditions with powerful and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. Ailments and suffering come in many forms and each condition traces back to a source within the body. Numbing the body with dangerous chemicals continues to be an unacceptable form of health care that remains a constant practice throughout the world.

Some concerning statistics published in a medical journal regarding opioid use in recent years:
• 91.8 million (37.8%) US civilians, non-institutionalized adults used prescription opioids in 2015
• 11.5 million of those users (12.5%) misused opioid drugs
• 1.9 million American adults experience an active opiate use disorder
• 63.4% of users reported that their opioid misuse originated with a need to relieve physical pain

Finding solutions to chronic pain continues to be a huge problem. Nearly half of the adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Many opioid drug users (and abusers) start out using these dangerous substances in an honest attempt to experience relief from pain. Trusted medical doctors sympathize with patients in pain by prescribing opioids despite knowing the harm that accompanies regular use. Research from a 2017 medical journal found a lack of data supporting the long-term effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain treatment. The study determined ell-documented increases in harm associated with opioid prescriptions.

People often associate opioid use with adults and the elderly. People overlook or do not know that this damaging undercurrent of prescription drug use also affects children. Every twenty-five minutes a new infant breathes their first breath in this world while addicted to opioid drugs because the mother was a user. The annual cost for rehabilitating opioid-addicted infants tops a staggering $150 billion a year.

Chiropractors provide a frontline alternative to this sensitive topic because of the relationship that exists between chiropractic, pain, function, and health. Thousands of opioid drug users lower their opioid usage or completely end their need for opioid prescriptions with the help of chiropractic care.

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