Many suffer from chronic spinal pain. Opioid medications may be prescribed for this condition. Unfortunately, patients may become addicted to opioids which can lead to overdose and death. However, chiropractic care for back and has been shown to be a safe, nonpharmacological option of treatment for those with chronic spine.
The state of West Virginia, which is experiencing in opioid abuse epidemic, recently passed legislation to with this problem. Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 273, “Reducing Use of Certain Prescription Drugs” into law effective June 7, 2018. This legislation mandates insurance companies to cover 20 visits of alternative therapies, such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy and acupuncture as a nonpharmacological treatment approach for those suffering from pain. Additionally, patients will not require a referral from a PCP or other practitioner to access alternative therapies. The state of West Virginia is to be commended in being in the vanguard when addressing the opioid epidemic. It is hoped that Pennsylvania, which is also in the throes of an opioid epidemic, will consider and pass similar legislative action.