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The Hidden Health Crisis Killing Australians

Announcement posted by New World Chiro 13 Mar 2017

A Prescription Medication 'Opioid Epidemic'

A record number of Australians are accidentally overdosing on prescription medicines in what medical authorities have labelled ‘an opioid epidemic’. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of deaths from prescription painkillers - opioids - has increased 61 percent between 2004-2014. Further key facts and figures are showing no stopping this hidden health crisis. However, the real question is, why is this happening?

Medical authorities such as Australia’s Penington Institute note that the deaths caused from opioid overprescription between 2008-2014 underscores how severe the overdose crisis is in Australia. 69 percent of all drug-related deaths in Australia come from prescription painkillers. Additionally, 58 percent of non-cancer opioid prescriptions are for musculoskeletal issues, commonly including back pain and neck pain.


To bring more attention to this public health issue, Sydney based Chiropractor Doctor Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor) is raising awareness of The Penington Institute’s findings and is looking for different options to help those people who suffer from pain caused by musculoskeletal issues.


“Prevention is better than cure, we all know that. However, when it comes to our spine, chiropractic is found to be a good form of care for back and neck pain. In many cases, chiropractors aim to address the underlying cause of pain,” Doctor Jabbour (Chiropractor) said.


The medical compound in question - opioids - are one of the most commonly prescribed drug classes for pain. Alarmingly, the efficacy of long-term opioid use has been called into question. An Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology Review highlighted the uncertainly about the appropriate role of these drugs in the treatment of pain, and that the long-term administration of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain continues to be controversial.


“That is why chiropractic is the more natural and logical choice. It is a drug-free alternative. Hence the side effects you could otherwise get from these painkillers are avoided,” Doctor Jabbour (Chiropractor) said.


Although the increase in opioid overdose and accidental death is an urgent issue to be addressed, there is also growing awareness that other forms of treatment, including manual therapies such as chiropractic, have a role to play in aiming to address pain caused by musculoskeletal issues.


“We see many patients who have been on this opioid merry-go-round for a long time and it’s quite difficult for them to break the cycle of addiction. For some patients, the benefits received through chiropractic care and the rehabilitation we offer in many cases outweighs the long term taking of these drugs,” Doctor Jabbour (Chiropractor) said.


All forms of healing have their place, but when research shows an increase in troublesome addiction and overdose, perhaps we need to rethink our approach to pain management. In the first instance, natural and lower risk treatment options, such as chiropractic, may be considered in some cases. If you think you may have a dependence on painkillers or are looking for natural treatment options, why not phone your local chiropractor and ask about the services they offer.

Dr. Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor)

New World Chiro

(02) 9687 4011