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.
Alternative Pain Therapies Could Help Quell Opioid Crisis, but Barriers Remain.
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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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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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.
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. Experts discuss modalities that have shown success.