Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why should I care about this so called "opioid crisis" Dr. Chris?

Hello again, friends. Recall, last week we defined what and opioid/narcotic medication was. 
Today, I'd like to expand on why YOU should care in the first place.

"Calls have come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for a shift away from opioid use toward non-pharmacologic approaches to address chronic pain. 

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, as have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people --- three times the U.S. military deaths during the twenty years of the Vietnam War -- have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Today, at least half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescribed opioid. In 2014, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving these drugs, with the most commonly overdosed opioids -- Methadone, Oxycodone (such as OxyContin®), and Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®) -- resulting in death. 

Regrettably, overdose deaths resulting from opioid abuse have risen sharply in every county of every state across the country, reaching a new peak in 2014: 28,647 people, or 78 people per day – more than three people per hour. The newest estimates on the cost of opioid abuse to U.S. employers is estimated at $18 billion in sick days, lost productivity and medical expenses. An important non-pharmacologic approach in helping to solve this crisis is chiropractic care.(my specialty). This discussion offers greater understanding of the scope of the opioid situation, the elements that have contributed to it and an approach that emphasizes non-pharmacologic care. Collectively, we must begin to extricate ourselves from our current ineffective, dangerous and often fatal reality. "

I hope this information finds a place in your consciousness and will help you make wise, informed descisions about the type of care you chose when injured or hurting. I also hope this sparks a hunger to learn more about some of the alternatives to controlled substances that exist in the medical community.

Stay tuned, more to follow....

As always, I am grateful for your thoughtful attention. Please share this with the people you love. Together, I sincerely believe we all can make a difference. And we CAN bring those shocking numbers down. Every life is precious. So take care of yours! 

Yours in health,
Jacksonville, Florida Whiplash Specialist

Christopher B. Renne, D.C.
4111 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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