This week, the U.S. Surgeon General sent a letter to all health care practitioners asking for their help in combating the growing opiate addiction crisis. In this episode, we talk about:
--The mistake made in the 1990's in our health care system where opioid prescriptions were encouraged based on faulty information. And how that mistake has led to our current crisis of prescription opioid addiction and heroin addiction.
--That opioid prescriptions have increased to a number that would almost give a prescription to every single adult in America.
--The spread of HIV and Hepatitis in Indiana and their link to opiate addiction. And how Indiana and the Midwest are the "epicenter" of the opiate addiction crisis and heroin epidemic.
--Why Dr. Prather says the progress in reducing opiate addiction is "terrible' and "a complete failure" as the opiate prescription rate is INCREASING despite the focus and effort.
-- How ObamaCare has contributed to the prescription opioid addiction crisis by connecting physician compensation with patient reviews.
--Why Chiropractic must be the first line of treatment for pain as a patient must be properly aligned before physical and occupational therapy can be effective.
--How the United States accounts for 80% of all opioid prescriptions in the world.
--That Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Point-Stimulation Therapy, and Auriculotherapy are Structure-Function Health Care options for combating pain that should be the first line of treatment before prescription drugs.
--Why opiates decrease our ability to handle pain on our own and make chronic pain issues WORSE. And how Acupuncture provides both immediate relief and boosts your body's ability over time to fight pain through your own natural opiates.
--How Dr. Prather helps patients to become free from opiate addiction through "amazing" therapies like Auriculotherapy and Point-Stimulation ("P-Stim").