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Take opioids off the table with drug-free chiropractic.

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN GEORGIA:

1,014

Georgians died in 2017 from opioid overdoses. That’s like a classroom of students dying every week.

50%

In Georgia, half of opioid deaths involve prescription opioids.

70.9

Georgia overprescribes: healthcare providers wrote 70.9 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people in 2017.

We’re here to help people struggling with neck and back pain find natural pain relief and fight the opioid crisis. Life University, Georgia Chiropractic Association, and the Georgia Council of Chiropractic and hundreds of chiropractors across the state joined together to create this campaign, which was made possible by The William M. Harris Family Foundation.


Painful Condition? Get Relief.
Without Addiction.

#ReliefWithoutAddiction  |  #ChiropractorsUnite

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WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?

Opioids are a class of prescription pain reliever that interacts with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and body. In addition to pain relief, opioids can produce euphoria (a feeling of intense happiness) - this is why they are often misused. Misuse (using in a different way or a larger quantity than prescribed or taken without a prescription) can lead to addiction, overdose, and death. In addition, misuse of prescription opioids often leads to use of illegal street drugs.

WHAT OPIOIDS ARE FOR:

Opioids are for patients with cancer, experiencing the highest level of pain, or for hospice patients experiencing end-of-life pain.

CAN OPIOIDS TREAT BACK PAIN?

In the 1990s and early 2000s, pharmaceutical companies misrepresented opioids to be nonaddictive and highly effective for all pain, even lower back pain. Even after all we know about opioids, some physicians still prescribe opioids for back and neck pain. However, most patients on opioid therapy for back pain continue to report regular pain and poor quality of life. 

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TREAT PAIN WITHOUT OPIOIDS

Opioids must come off the table for neck and back pain. Leading healthcare agencies recommend non-pharmacological care – or natural pain relief – for patients with non-cancer pain, including the use of chiropractic adjustments. (These reputable agencies include The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S Food & Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Academy of Medicine and The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare.)

WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?

Chiropractic care aims to restore proper function of the nervous system caused by improper movement and positioning of spinal bones. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement and function rather than using opioids, which do not address the cause of spinal pain. Chiropractic care consists primarily of spinal adjustments and supportive care, which chiropractors personalize for each patient.

WHO SHOULD SEE A CHIROPRACTOR

People of all ages and levels of health can get proven scientific benefits from chiropractic care, including spinal pain. Spinal pain includes both neck pain and back pain.


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SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC PAIN?

Everything in our world relative to pain management (i.e. pharmacologic management of pain) has been coming at us from the left, and we are now being encouraged to look to the right, to look to the world of non-pharmacologic pain management. This need to look the other way is not just a consumer need; it is system-wide need.

Three of chiropractic's top thought-leaders collaborate to bring an eye-opening look at America's opioid crisis. Physician-prescribed opioid use and ramifications are examined here. Americans consume more pain-related medications per capita than any other people on the planet. It doesn't have to be this way. That's why we're offering you this free guide to learn more about how to find non-pharmacological, non-addictive options for pain reduction.    

THE U.S. OPIOID CRISIS:

25%

One in four primary care patients on opioid therapy for chronic pain become addicted, according to the CDC.

25-54

Young adults are most at risk to misuse prescription opioids but adults 25-54 are most likely to overdose, according to the CDC.

1 in 96

An opioid overdose is the 6th leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., claiming more lives than car accidents or gun violence, according to the National Safety Council.

DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK?

Chiropractic adjustments for back pain are proven to be effective.

Only 1.5% of people with back injuries who are treated by chiropractors are likely to have surgery. Patients who saw a surgeon for their pain were 42.7% more likely to have surgery according to a study published in the NCBI.

A recent medical study published in JAMA learned active-duty U.S. military service members with back pain found chiropractic care to be effective. After just six weeks, patients who received both medical and chiropractic care had higher improvements compared to those who only had medical care.

Learn more about how chiropractic adjustments and related care can help you stand tall against back pain.

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“I still have a hard time talking about the accident today. I was crunched over in pain. I needed help to get up and down the stairs. I was taking opioids. I was up all night like a zombie working, but I didn’t get much done. I had thoughts of suicide.

With my chiropractic adjustments, the pain seemed to fade away. I could walk again! My chiropractor gave a good quality of life back to me.”

CONNIE B. // AUTO ACCIDENT SURVIVOR
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