In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011, Drug Overdoses in the United States caused 36,450 deaths. 73.8% of the drug overdoses were prescription drugs.
Other VERY important facts from the report include:
- In 2009, 1.2 million emergency room (ER) visits were related to misuse or abuse of
such as heroin and cocaine.
- Pr0minent among prescription drugs are opioid pain relievers such as oxycodone, methadone, and hydrocodone.
- Opioid pain relievers now account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
Here's the alternative and the research to back it up. A study from 2011 reported
"those cases treated by chiropractors consistently tended to have a lower proportion in each of the categories for severity proxy compared to the other groups; fewer used opiates and had surgery. In addition, people who were mostly treated by a chiropractor had, on average, less expensive medical services and shorter initial periods of disability than cases treated by other providers."
And another one of my favorite bits of research from 2004 on how much more cost effective chiropractic care can be.
"the outcomes showed that when chiropractic care was pursued, the cost of treatment was reduced by 28%, hospitalizations were reduced by 41%, back surgery was reduced by 32%, and the cost of medical imaging, including x rays and MRIs, was reduced by 37%"
You decide what option is best for you.