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September 2017 Named Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month
Updated September 5, 2017 6:58 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - September 2017 has been designated as a Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in hopes to raise public awareness about non-pharmacologic options to safely and effectively relieve acute, subacute and as appropriate, chronic pain.

The Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month is sponsored by the Foundation for Chiropractor Progress and with the collaboration of the Indiana State Chiropractic Association (ISCA).

"Drug addiction often begins with opioid prescriptions for pain," says ISCA Executive Director, Pat McGuffey, Esq. "In fact, a recent study by the Department of Health & Human Services stated that on an average day in the U.S. more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed. Pain management should begin with chiropractic care as a first-line option to reduce pain and increase function for individuals who are suffering."

Throughout the September Awareness Month there will be a number of events including DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, Sports Injury Day, Pediatrics and Addicted Babies Awareness Day, Remembering our Vets and Honor Day.

According to Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, Foundation for Chiropractor Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing and educating the general public about the value of chiropractic care, says, "Healthcare providers across all disciplines should acknowledge chiropractic care to their patients as a safe and effective conservative care option prior to prescribing addictive and potentially fatal opioids. Prescription painkillers have yet to be proven effective for long-term pain management, and the public needs access to safe and effective drug-free options, including chiropractic. Non-pharmacologic pain management should be a primary alternative to prescription opioids."

This Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month will be included in the annual American Hospital Association official health care observance calendar.

About Indiana State Chiropractic Association

The mission of the Indiana State Chiropractic Association (ISCA) is to represent the chiropractic profession and to promote its public image and contributions to quality health care on a state level.

The ISCA provides programs and assistance to advance the educational, ethical, licensing, legislative, and social interests of its members.

The ISCA interacts with other organizations and chiropractic associations to promote effective and cost-efficient health care.

The ISCA disseminates the specialized knowledge and contributions of chiropractic treatment to the public and other health care providers.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the ISCA Executive Director, Pat McGuffey, Esq. at (317) 673-4245 or

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