Statistics Canada has released data showing life expectancy stopped increasing for the first time in four decades. 4,108 overdose deaths were recorded in Canada in 2017. Nearly 1,100 of those involved people between the ages of 30 and 39. Many individuals are prescribed an opioid to combat physical ailments, such as low back pain. The risks of taking opioids were not made clear until much later, where dependence, misuse and addiction became evident.
What is important to remember is that there are manual therapies available including chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, which are effective in reducing your pain and symptoms. Modern research suggests a trial of conservative management as first line treatment, before resorting to opioids. In order to make an informed decision, always consider your available options for treatment. Be an active participant in your own health.