How Not To Be An Opioid Statistic

alternative to opioidsOpioid Crisis Statistics

The over prescription of opioid pain relievers has left a trail of heart ache and harsh statistics. Below are some numbers regarding opioid use, illnesses and death based on information for the CDC.

  1. 1. Approximately 218,000 deaths linked to opioid prescription 1990 to 2017
  2. 2. 130 per day – the average number of U.S. opioid overdose deaths
  3. 3. 85 – percentages of drug over does deaths involving opioids
  4. 4. 4 % – Share of U.S. Population with at least 1 opioid prescription filled in 17.4
  5. 5. 2600 – approximate number of lawsuits pending nationwide over opoids
  6. 6. 2 – the number of opioid makers that have filed for bankruptcy

While it is unfortunate that we must address these statistics – there is hope!

Chiropractic care has been shown to be a safe, non-drug option for pain relief!

According to an article on Medscape –  “Chiropractic care for musculoskeletal pain is associated with a significant reduction in opioid prescriptions compared with non-chiropractic care in this patient population, new research suggests.” (1)

A 2013 study published in Spine Journal  compared chiropractic to medication and the placebo effect. The conclusion of the study was:  “Spinal adjustive care was significantly better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac and clinically superior to placebo (2) in providing pain relief!

Additionally, the FDA proposed changes to healthcare providers education regarding the treatment of pain to include the use of chiropractic care.

Healthcare providers “should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they may be helpful, and when they should be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management,” the agency stated.

Guideline changes recommend that MD’s obtain information regarding chiropractic care and acupuncture to help their patients avoid opioid prescriptions.

Take That Step – Call Today!

If you are suffering from pain, don’t become an opoid statistic, check out chiropractic care. Since graduating in 1984, Dr. Martin Schmaltz has years of experience helping people find relief without the use of drugs or surgery. Call our office today at (314) 731-4383 or CLICK TO CALL NOW


  • (2) Von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo.Spine Journal. 2013 Apr 1;38(7):540-8.