MD Referral Program
from the Desk of
William J Owens Jr DC DAAMLP CPC

MD Meetings – Continuing Education Presentations #12


Opioid Addiction is your way into the Primary Care office

Right now the HOTTEST topic in the primary care and medical specialist world is over prescription of opioid pain relievers. This is your way into a serious discussion with the primary care doctor on how to handle patients with spine pain. I have reviewed the CDC article in the past and it is provided here as a link for you to download and share with the MDs along with Bimonthly Flyer #36. That is an important combination and one that I use DAILY! It is only getting worse. To get a copy of the CDC article click on the following link and select Consultation #11.

Dr. Mark Studin had written an article in The American Chiropractor outlining what I am doing in Buffalo. The first paragraph is listed with a link to the full article below.


Organized Medicine Considers Chiropractic as a “First Line” Solution to the Opioid Epidemic


by Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP


The opioid problem in the United States is real and the prime culprit is opioid pain relievers.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wrote in their publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on November 4, 2011 “ In 2007, nearly 100 persons per day died of drug overdoses in the United States (1). The death rate of 11.8 per 100,000 population in 2007 was roughly three times the rate in 1991. Prescription drugs have accounted for most of the increase in those death rates since 1999 (2). In 2009, 1.2 million emergency department (ED) visits (an increase of 98.4% since 2004) were related to misuse or abuse of pharmaceuticals, compared with 1.0 million ED visits related to use of illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine (3). Prominent among these prescription drug–related deaths and ED visits are opioid pain relievers (OPR), also known as narcotic or opioid analgesics, a class of drugs that includes oxycodone, methadone, and hydrocodone, among others. OPR now account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.”









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