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Acupuncture: A Solution In The Opioid Crisis

Acupuncture: A Solution In The Opioid Crisis

In the face of an epidemic opioid crisis, the CDC and Joint Commission have endorsed acupuncture as an effective non-pharmacological solution for the treatment and management of pain. Opioid pain medications are highly addictive, leading to the development of tolerance and physical dependence. This has led to abusers substituting with lethal non-medical (heroin) or synthetic (fentanyl) opioids. It has been reported that “opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afganistan and Vietnam wars combined." ...