September 2021 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.
According to analysis conducted by the Office of Informatics and Analytics, TN Dept. of Health (last updated February 2, 2021) prescription rates for opioids for pain were lower in 2020 compared to 2019 across all counties; however, despite this decrease – 40 of the 95 counties have a rate above 1,000 prescriptions per 1,000 residents. In light of the harrowing statistics like these, the Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA) promotes this campaign with the support of our members statewide.
Sponsored by the TCA and in collaboration with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) a not-for-profit organization dedicated to public awareness, this month will be a time to educate and inform employers, managed care organizations, state legislators and members of our communities on the importance of continuing to promote non-pharmacologic treatment options for patients in pain.
“Drug addiction often begins with opioid prescriptions for pain,” says TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens. “In fact, 80% of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin. Pain management should begin with chiropractic care as a first-line option to reduce pain and increase function for individuals who are suffering.”
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 awareness efforts to highlight topics such as Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiatives and Year-Round Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations, Opioids in Sports Awareness, Pediatrics and Addicted Babies Awareness, Remembering our Veterans, the benefits of choosing chiropractic first as a care option
- Information for the media including press releases, public service announcements (PSAs), advertisements, editorial coverage
- Social media messages sharing the benefits of conservative chiropractic care for pain management
Sherry McAllister, DC and F4CP executive vice president, 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.”
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.
TCA MEMBER BENEFIT
TCA Members may login to TNChiro.com for 2021 campaign resources to help spread awareness in their practices and communities.