More than two million Americans are dependent on or abused prescription pain pills. That is an outstanding statistic. The number of opioid prescriptions wrote increased from 112 million in 1992 to 282 million in 2012. These prescriptions are leading to addiction, misuse, multiple drug use, and death.
According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), six of ten drug overdose deaths are caused by opioids. From 1999-2014, the drug overdose death nearly tripled. Even the rehab facilities showed a quadruple increase in admissions from prescription opioid addiction between 2002-2010.
This is a national epidemic.
Every person is in some way affected by pain. Experiencing chronic pain yourself or having a friend, family member, or co-worker who is suffering. The majority of people who are in chronic pain were prescribed or recommended to take an opioid for the management of their chronic pain.
But, interestingly. I have found in my clinical practice that most people taking opioids for pain, are still in pain!
That is what this course is all about. Increasing awareness about chronic pain, clarifying the opioid epidemic, and introducing the MANY natural and effective options available for the treatment AND prevention of chronic pain.
Now is the time to take control of your health and live pain-free!
Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, and author with a private practice in Bothell, WA. She is a graduate of Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She specializes in pain management, migraine prevention, and digestive health. She speaks frequently on topics of natural pain relief, healthy digestion, and nutrition. In addition to her private practice, she is also the founder of the Pain Relief Project, a nonprofit acupuncture organization serving low-income individuals and seniors.