The Opioid Crisis and TIC

The Opioid Crisis and TIC
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Life’s think tank, the Octagon at Life University continues to explore ways to advance non-pharmacologic forms of health care in response to the opioid epidemic in America. We envision a conversation between clinicians and health policy experts in government, the military and private practice to explore how the chiropractic profession, in particular, can step forward and do its part to do its part in combatting the opioid scourge.

The chiropractic profession must identify and mine programs and opportunities to create inroads on a health policy basis for greater use and application of chiropractic care in as many environments as possible. No one could be better qualified to lead such a conversation than the Director of the Octagon, Gerard W. Clum, D.C. who recently served as a co-author of a white paper released by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress entitled “Chiropractic; A Safer Strategy than Opioids” addressing the origins and possible solutions of the opioid catastrophe. “The Octagon hopes to build on the work of others who have clearly identified the problems. Our goal will be to explore the policy options needed to bring about the recommendations of CDC, FDA and the IOM for the chiropractic community to make its greatest contribution in stemming the opioid tide” related Dr. Clum.

“I don’t think there has ever been an issue or opportunity in health care in the United States for the chiropractic profession than the present opioid crisis” commented Dr. Clum. “There is no lobby in favor of opioid addiction! Medicine cannot support business as usual relative to pain management, especially chronic musculoskeletal pain management. Virtually every authority level in health care has called for change and one of the most important changes is the greater use of non-pharmacologic forms of health care-chiropractic care fits that bill as well, if not better than any other intervention.”

Imagine a chiropractic profession fully participating in all available avenues for greater chiropractic involvement in reducing opioid dependence and to explore the needed policy, regulatory and legislative changes that will be needed to facilitate the consumer public transitioning from opioids—or avoiding opioids altogether—in favor of non-toxic, non-addictive, non-pharmacologic forms of health care.

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