Opioid Crisis: State of Emergency

The national opioid epidemic claims the lives of 15,000 Americans in 2015 who died from an opioid prescription. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). This page is designed to spotlight all of the collaborative efforts of the NCCAOM and other partner associations and colleagues to bring awareness to a simple and cost effective solution, acupuncture services, to this national epidemic.

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January 2018

The National Governor’s Association released a set of Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis (link here). These recommendations that will be included in the next draft of the white paper include Continue building the evidence base for non-pharmacological treatments for pain and provide guidance to state Medicaid programs regarding best practices for covering these services. Non-pharmacologic interventions for pain treatment, such as acupuncture, cognitive behavior.

To read Recommendations click here

January 2018

The Acupuncture Today published an article titled “Combating Drug Addiction & The Opioid Crisis: An Analysis” by Bill Reddy, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac.

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December 2017

The Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® commend the Ohio Department of Medicaid for including acupuncture as a covered service for low back pain and migraines into the state Medicaid program. Coverage for acupuncture services will take effect January 1, 2018.

To read the Press Release click here

November 2017

Alternative Pain Therapies Could Help Quell Opioid Crisis, but Barriers Remain.
The health care industry is evolving, thanks to policy changes, societal shifts and technological advances. Healthcare of Tomorrow from U.S. News & World Report examines the challenges facing health care, and how it must change to face the future.
To read U.S. News & World Report click here

October 2017

The NCCAOM, which has long stressed the importance of non-drug approaches to chronic pain, commends the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for its September 18th letter encouraging healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic pain.

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October 2017

The Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) applauds the Sept. 18 letter, signed by 37 State Attorneys General, from the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)…

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September 2017

The NCCAOM commends the National Association of Attorneys General to the American Health Insurance Plans regarding the use of effective non-opioid pain management solutions such as acupuncture. Attorney Generals from 35 states signed this letter.

To read the letter click here

September 2017

The NCCAOM is also working with the Integrative Public Health Consortium (IHPC) to inform federal agencies regarding Opioid Issue. NCCAOM Diplomate William Reddy also published an article titled “The FDA Recommends Acupuncture: Comments From Key AOM Stakeholders” that was featured in Acupuncture Today.

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August 2017

NCCAOM is pleased to present a white paper by the Joint Acupuncture Opioid Task Force comprised of Chair Bonnie Bolash, and member organizations of the Acupuncture Foundation (ANF) and The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). The white paper is titled “Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management”.

To read the white paper click here

July 2017

The opioid epidemic is top news, and with this realization, many are seeking alternative pain care such as acupuncture. Over 700 addiction centers offer acupuncture as an alternative and/or adjudicative therapy.

To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

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July 2017

NCCAOM in partnership with Echo Media Group, a PR and marketing communications agency, used one of many marketing opportunities to publish article “Natural Solutions for The Opioid Crisis: Acupuncture Regulates Brain Opioid Receptors” by David Miller, MD, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac. in the New Living Magazine that features unique and timely articles on health and fitness focused on cutting edge research, holistic health, plant-based nutrition and herbal remedies.

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May 2017

NCCAOM in partnership with Echo Media Group, a PR and marketing communications agency, used one of many marketing opportunities to arrange an interview between Radio Health Journal and  David Miller, MD, FAAP, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac. – Alternatives to Opioids for Pain. 

To listen to the interview click here

September 2016

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NIH) Review Finds Nondrug Approaches Effective For Treatment of Common Pain Conditions

Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches—such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture—appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. The review was conducted by a group of scientists from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health.

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