The Role Of Acupuncture In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis
A January 2016 letter from the Joint Acupuncture Opioid Task Force, Acupuncture Now Foundation and the American Society of Acupuncturists outlines several benefits of acupuncture in the midst of the opioid crisis, stating “acupuncture has the potential to reduce or even in some cases eliminate the need for opioids and non-opioid drugs while also helping to treat opioid addiction. The April 2016 study “Acupuncture therapy for drug addiction” aggregated and studied the numerous journals and clinical research studies that have been conducted – over 161 recent studies, from years 2000 to 2014, were analyzed by the group. Among the many alternative therapies that exist -meditation, yoga, art therapy – is acupuncture, which many believe could be a promising conduit to both preventative and treatment mechanisms concerning opioid use and abuse. The letter presented to the CDC earlier this year indicates that acupuncture shows promise as an alternative therapy for pain management and other conditions, thereby helping to stop opioid addiction – as opposed to the continued use of strong and harmful opioids that perpetuate the epidemic.