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The Role Of Acupuncture In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis

The current opioid epidemic has become a well-known topic of discussion, with national health leaders, recovery advocates and families talking about the issue nationwide. From governmental funding to prescriber guidelines, continued improvements have been made toward ending the epidemic – good news for those who have experienced addiction or whose loved ones have been afflicted.

Though changes are underway, there continues to be a push for understanding or offering alternative therapies in both the medical environment and treatment centers, both to stop perpetuating the abuse cycle of opioids and to provide remedy when recovering. 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.

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