Opioid Crisis and Acupuncture

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The CDC just announced that life expectancy just fell due to the opioid crisis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quotes: “total drug overdose deaths rose 21 percent to 63,600” in 2016.

What can we do about this public health crisis? One solution is the use of alternative health methods – including acupuncture- to relieve pain.

According to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in a press release from July 2017, “updated standards will require Joint Commission accredited hospitals provide nonpharmacological pain modalities, including acupuncture as one option, by licensed independent practitioners.”

This is good news for the world of acupuncture, as it could soon be required that hospitals work in conjunction with acupuncturists on patient pain management. This is a huge step in the right direction to merge the worlds of healthcare!

Want to try out acupuncture for pain relief? We can help!

 

Original source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-cdc/u-s-life-expectancy-fell-in-2016-as-opioid-overdoses-surged-cdc-idUSKBN1EF1TF

Original source: http://www.nccaom.org/blog/2017/07/12/joint-commission-assessment/

Image credit: Photo by The.Comedian on Visualhunt / CC BY

 

 

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