Does your doctor automatically reach for his prescription pad before you even finish explaining your symptoms?  I hope not. In a recent Reuters article, the author discussed the numbers of deaths related to prescription opioids and researchers urged patients to consider alternatives to prescription medication.  In 2007, for example, there were close to 11,500 deaths related to prescription opioids, which are often prescribed for any range of issues from addiction to constipation to sleep problems.

“One great drug free option is chiropractic care. For example, low back pain is one of the more common causes for opioid prescriptions and chiropractic has wonderful research behind it for low back pain. In May 2009, Consumer Reports rated chiropractic as the approach that people were most highly satisfied with,” states Dr. Andrew Cohen, a San Francisco chiropractor.