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September is Drug Free Pain Management Month in Kansas!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Travis Oller
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KCA is proud to announce that Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has declared September 2020, as "Drug-Free Pain Management Month".

To learn more about Drug-Free Pain Management Month, please visit the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress at


The text of the proclamation reads: 




Whereas, prescription opioid use and abuse leading to addiction and catastrophic outcomes has become a national crisis;


Whereas the leading cause of injury death in the United States is drug overdose, and a majority of the deaths from drug overdose deaths involved an opioid;


Whereas from 1999 to 2018, more than 450,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids;


Whereas we are losing 128 people a day from opioid overdoses and nearly 47,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the U.S. in 2018;


Whereas the estimates for the total costs of lost productivity due to prescription drug misuse in the U.S. range between $25.6 billion to $53.4 billion;


Whereas prescription opioids are often recommended for low back, neck and musculoskeletal pain management;


Whereas over 50 million suffer with chronic pain and an estimated 75 to 85 percent of all American will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime;


Whereas chiropractors are educated and trained to effectively address spinal and

neuro-musculoskeletal pain with non-surgical, non-drug management;


Whereas numerous published studies, including The Lancet (March 2018), document spinal manipulation as effective for the management of low back pain;


Whereas the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) published recommendations to manage low back pain initially with non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as spinal manipulation, while avoiding opioids, spinal injections and surgery;


Now, THEREFORE, I, Laura Kelly, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim September 20202 as Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in Kansas and I urge all citizens to join us in this observation.





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