September is Drug Free Pain Management Awareness Month

September 2020 is designated Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise public awareness about non-pharmacologic options, such as chiropractic care, to safely and effectively relieve acute, subacute and as appropriate, chronic pain. Sponsored by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA) and in collaboration with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), this month of observances will educate and inform employers, managed care organizations, state legislators and members of our communities.

“Drug addiction often begins with opioid prescriptions for pain,” says TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens. “In fact, we are losing 128 people a day from opioid overdoses. Pain management should begin with chiropractic care as a first-line option to reduce pain and increase function for individuals who are suffering.”

In light of the harrowing statistics like those below, the TCA is launching this campaign with the full support of our members statewide:
  • In 2018, more than 168 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed in the U.S.
  • In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving any opioid was 6 times higher than it was in 1999.
  • 80% of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin.
In March 2018, The Lancet recommended spinal manipulation as an effective approach to manage low back pain in its new three-part series – 94% of spinal manipulations in the U.S. are performed by a doctor of chiropractic.

Throughout the September Awareness Month activities will include:

  • Community observance focuses such as DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, Opioids and Sports Pain Mgmt. Awareness, Pediatrics and Addicted Babies Awareness, Remembering our Vets and others
  • Information for the media including press releases, public service announcements (PSAs), advertisements, editorial coverage
  • Social media messages focused on the benefits of conservative chiropractic care for pain management.

According to Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing and educating the general public about the value of chiropractic care, says, “Healthcare providers across all disciplines should acknowledge chiropractic care to their patients as a safe and effective conservative care option prior to prescribing addictive and potentially fatal opioids. Prescription painkillers have yet to be proven effective for long-term pain management, and the public needs access to safe and effective drug-free options, including chiropractic.”

Click here to view a brief video on why chiropractic care can be a part of the solution to the opioid epidemic.

The Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month observance will be included annually in the American Hospital Association official health care observance calendar.

About the Tennessee Chiropractic Association
The TCA is a dynamic advocate for chiropractic – driven to support all of Tennessee’s licensed physicians, their practices, and the patients they represent.  As an association, the TCA works toward equal recognition and participation for chiropractic in government health care programs, in private insurance plans, and in all other health care arenas which impact the delivery of health care to the people of Tennessee.


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TCA Members may login to TNChiro.com for 2020 campaign resources to help spread awareness in their practices and communities.