The synthetic opioid fentanyl, now ubiquitous in the illegal drug market — is increasing. The State Medical Examiner reported in 2019 that there were 1,200 accidental drug deaths; this equates to an 18% spike from the previous year. The opioid crisis has become the worst drug epidemic in modern American history with over 70,000 deaths across the nation.
Opioids are drugs that need to be cultivated from a plant, specifically the poppy plant. Once harvested, the dried ruminates of the plant can be manufactured to make morphine, opium, and heroin. This type of opioid has been used for thousands of years, dating back to 3400 BC for medicinal purposes.
Utilization of nonpharmacological pain management may prevent unnecessary use of opioids. In a retrospective study analyzing back pain patients from 2012-2017 residing in 3 different US states, the study compared the use of primary care intervention versus chiropractic care. The results showed that patients with spinal pain who saw a chiropractor had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription. Among those who saw a chiropractor within 30 days of diagnosis, the reduction in risk was greater as compared with those with their first visit after the acute phase.
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Pain Med. 2020 Mar 6. pii: pnaa014. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnaa014. [Epub ahead of print]
Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain.
Whedon JM1, Toler AWJ1, Kazal LA2, Bezdjian S1, Goehl JM2, Greenstein J3.