The national opioid epidemic claims the lives of 15,000 Americans in 2015 who died from an opioid prescription. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). This page is designed to spotlight all of the collaborative efforts of the NCCAOM and other partner associations and colleagues to bring awareness to a simple and cost effective solution, acupuncture services, to this national epidemic.
Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown exponentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. Over this period, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarizing the results of thousands of human and animal studies. A wide-variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain and cancer, to name a few.
The growing interest in the development of complementary and alternative ways to treat mind and body seems to be demonstrated by the increase in public demand in the United States in the last two decades. Acupuncture and other traditional Oriental medicine therapies are gaining popularity at a rapid rate.
In February 2018, the Veterans Health Administration created a qualification standard for acupuncturists to become employed practitioners at the VA. VA requires NCCAOM Board-Certification as an essential part of ensuring safe and high-quality acupuncture treatment. NCCAOM has created a map reflecting the VA Medical Center location and the number of NCCAOM Board-Certified Diplomates in close proximity.
NCCAOM in partnership with Echo Media Group, a PR and marketing communications agency, used one of many marketing opportunities to arrange an interview between The Healthwatch and the NCCAOM Academy Chair and NCCAOM Commissioner Iman Majd, MD, MS, EAMP, Dip. ABFM, ABoIM, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac. – The Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Pain and its Role in the Opioid Crisis
The National Governor’s Association released a set of Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis (link here). These recommendations that will be included in the next draft of the white paper include“Continue building the evidence base for non-pharmacological treatments for pain and provide guidance to state Medicaid programs regarding best practices for covering these services. Non-pharmacologic interventions for pain treatment, such as acupuncture, cognitive behavior.
Alternative Pain Therapies Could Help Quell Opioid Crisis, but Barriers Remain.
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The NCCAOM, which has long stressed the importance of non-drug approaches to chronic pain, commends the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for its September 18th letter encouraging healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic pain.
The NCCAOM commends the National Association of Attorneys General to the American Health Insurance Plans regarding the use of effective non-opioid pain management solutions such as acupuncture. Attorney Generals from 35 states signed this letter.
The NCCAOM is also working with the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) to inform federal agencies regarding Opioid Issue. NCCAOM Diplomate Bill Reddy also published an article titled “The FDA Recommends Acupuncture: Comments From Key AOM Stakeholders” that was featured in Acupuncture Today.
NCCAOM is pleased to present a white paper by the Joint Acupuncture Opioid Task Force comprised of Chair Bonnie Bolash, and member organizations of the Acupuncture Foundation (ANF) and The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). The white paper is titled “Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management”.
The opioid epidemic is top news, and with this realization, many are seeking alternative pain care such as acupuncture. Over 700 addiction centers offer acupuncture as an alternative and/or adjudicative therapy.
To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
NCCAOM in partnership with Echo Media Group, a PR and marketing communications agency, used one of many marketing opportunities to publish article “Natural Solutions for The Opioid Crisis: Acupuncture Regulates Brain Opioid Receptors” by David Miller, MD, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac. in the New Living Magazine that features unique and timely articles on health and fitness focused on cutting edge research, holistic health, plant-based nutrition and herbal remedies.
NCCAOM in partnership with Echo Media Group, a PR and marketing communications agency, used one of many marketing opportunities to arrange an interview between Radio Health Journal and David Miller, MD, FAAP, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac. – Alternatives to Opioids for Pain.
National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NIH) Review Finds Nondrug Approaches Effective For Treatment of Common Pain Conditions
Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches—such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture—appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. The review was conducted by a group of scientists from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health.