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Letter: It is Time for Alternatives to Opiates for Pain

With all the problems associated with taking pain medication, isn’t it baffling that they are still widely prescribed as a first line of treatment for pain. There are many safe, effective, and cost effective alternatives.

There is no reason why procedures such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy, and physical therapy should not be a physician’s first choice for referral for pain rather then prescription drugs.  Most of these drugs only mask symptoms.

Chiropractors also motivate their patients to be responsible for there own well being though exercise, weight management, proper body mechanics, nutrition, and positive mental attitude.

The federal government announced in April that prescription drug abuse has reached crisis level. Sometimes it takes a crisis for real change to occur. It is time for a real change!  

We urge health care providers, whenever possible, to recommend drug-free conservative care interventions for their patients before prescribing medications that may be associated with harmful side effects. It’s critical that patients know their options.

Walter Priestley, DC
President of the Nassau District of the NY State Chiropractic Association