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It's no secret that there is an opioid problem in the United States right now. So much of a problem, that it has become an epidemic. In 2015, the CDC reported more than 33,000 deaths from opioid overdoses, and it's continuing to rise. What we need is a solution, and we know that chiropractic should be a crucial part of that solution. How is that going to happen? By sharing what we know! So help us spread the word! Talk to your patients, your friends and family, strangers on the street, talk to anyone and everyone to help end this epidemic!  


The solution is here! Chiropractors can offer safe, effective treatment prior to opioid usage. Ohio has recently mandated 60 days of conservative treatment, including chiropractic care, physical therapy, rest and other non-surgical interventions prior to surgery. View the article by clicking here.  


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Prescription Drug Data Profiles

In 2014, Colorado legislators passed a bill allowing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to access PDMP data to provide population-level results. In compliance with this legislation, these reports describe population-level data on the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances from the Colorado PDMP for Colorado residents.


2018: Colorado Rx Drug Data Profile


October 18, 2017:

The National Association of Attorneys General issued a letter to America's Health Insurance Plans urging them to take proactive steps in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis by encouraging the review of payment and coverage policies, and prioritizing non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain. Read more


The American Chiropractic Association issued a follow-up letter to American’s Health Insurance Plans to show support for the Attorneys General statements, stating “chiropractors can serve as an important first-line of defense in the prescription painkiller epidemic.” Read more



September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month!







Links and Resources:

JAMA Articles - As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Complementary Health Approaches to Pain Gain Traction


Association of Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana Laws With Opioid Prescribing for Medicaid Enrollees


Foundation 4 Chiropractic Progress Resources

Opioid White Paper 

Opioid Toolkit here   


Studies suggests chiropractic care reduces need for opioid prescriptions


Grand JunctionOpioid overdoses to be focus of Aug. 31 vigil


Steamboat Springs - Our view: The battle against the opioid epidemic continues


The Colorado Health Institute has released this information regarding the Substance Use in Colorado. Click the picture below or Click here to access their presentation



The Colorado Medical Society has recognized there is an Opioid Epidemic


Proclamation signed by Governor Hickenlooper in 2016:


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