Recent ACA Statements Seek to Address Opioid Abuse, Inadequate Pain Management

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has weighed in to support the Center for Disease Control’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, released by the agency last week. In particular, the ACA supports the Guideline recommendation that nonopioid therapeutic approaches be considered before resorting to opioid analgesics. Newly elected ACA President David Herd, DC, said, "Chiropractic physicians, for example, are well positioned to play a vital role in the conservative management of acute and chronic pain. They offer complementary and integrative strategies, as well as guidance on self care, that can provide needed relief for many who suffer from pain."

The CDC estimates that over 40 people in the US die each day from opioid overdose, and more than 50% of opioid prescriptions are written by primary care clinicians in outpatient settings. The ACA’s House of Delegates, meeting last month in Washington, DC, adopted a policy statement addressing the dual problems of opioid abuse and inadequate pain management. The statement advocates for investigation of nonpharmacologic treatment alternates; promotes evidence-based nonpharmacologic therapies in best practice models of pain care; calls for more professional education on pain management; and supports public health campaigns to enhance patient awareness of nonopioid treatment options.

Read about the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, here.

Read more about the American Chiropractic Association’s statement in support of the CDC Guideline here.

The policy statement adopted by the ACA House of Delegates last month may be accessed here.

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