The Danger of Opioids

opioid epidemic

Today our country is facing a drug epidemic beyond anything we’ve seen before—and the drugs in this case aren’t only legal, but prescribed by doctors. Yes, the opioid epidemic has affected over an estimated 2 million people, with abuse leading to nearly 50,000 deaths each year. Research shows that roughly 20% of those prescribed an opioid are at risk of addiction. But what makes it so addictive, and how did we get here?

Well for starters, in the 1990’s pharmaceutical companies began aggressive marketing campaigns directed not only at healthcare professionals, but in some cases directly to patients themselves. These campaigns were very successful. But what’s so dangerous about opioids? Opiates work by affecting specific chemicals in your brain responsible for blocking pain signals and increasing our sensation of pleasure. This combination is a perfect storm to open doors toward addiction.

So how do we overcome this danger? Luckily, there exist cost-effective ways of managing pain without having to prescribe these prescriptions. Chiropractic care is very affective at doing this, and it’s why we’re so passionate about trying to get our message out to the public. Additionally, medical doctors around the world have become aware of this issue and are trying to do their part in curbing the worldwide dependency. This is why Better Chiropractic is anxiously engaged in forming relationships with responsible physicians to give you the best care possible. Here are a few facts for you before you go:

Dr. Derrick T Dube, DC Chiropractic Physician and Associate Provider of Better Chiropractic

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Posture Epidemic Plaguing Pre-Teens

If you feel sometimes like your kid may just grow horns out of their head, you're not far off. A recent study showed that an increasing popular poor posture (not bad behavior) has led to "horns" growing off the back of guilty children.

Things To Consider When Choosing A Chiropractor

Too many Chiropractors put their financial wealth before their patients health. How can you know if your Chiropractor has your best interest in mind rather than their own? Read on to find out key signs to distinguish a good chiropractor from the rest.

4 Ways to Find Relief from Headaches

Today we finally get around to treatments for headache. We'll talk about 1 strategy and 3 natural remedies shown to make big impact in reducing the pain, frequency, and/or length of headaches. Strap in for some great information!

What Causes Chronic Headaches?

If you suffer from daily or near-daily headaches, it's a sign something may be going amiss in your body. Instead of relying on pills or "just living with it," finding the cause and fixing it must become a top priority if you want lasting relief.

What Kind of Headache do You Have?

This month we're talking about headaches. Every week we'll delve a little bit more into what headaches are, why they happen, and how to treat them. This week: What are the different kinds of headache?