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NYCC Works to Combat Opioid Crisis

Dr. Hunter Mollion providing a chiropractic adjustment

During a recent NYCC orientation, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Killen welcomed new D.C. students to campus. She conveyed the many possibilities that lie ahead --the potential each student has to make a difference in the life of others.

"You will help combat the opioid dependence and addiction that we have seen in the U.S. through your work with patients and other health care providers," Killen said. Many students at NYCC are eager to take on this important role, as opioid prescriptions for chronic pain continue to cause a national crisis.

With growing evidence that chiropractic is an important tool in providing drug-free pain management, as well as managing symptoms of withdrawal from addictive drugs, the College works to create partnerships and conduct research to assist in the fight against the opioid epidemic, as well as prepare its students to be part of the solution.

People listening to a seminar on the opiod crisis

Many alumni are paving the way, fighting the epidemic through their own efforts to spread the word about chiropractic healthcare as an alternative to opioid use and supporting integrative medicine. A national spokesperson for treatment of pain without opioids and NYCC Trustee Emeritus John Rosa, (D.C. '92) has become a trusted consultant to the White House and law enforcement regarding the opioid crisis/

Dr. Rosa worked in tandem with NYCC Dean of Research Dr. Jeanmarie Burke to describe a complementary and integrative health model initiated by a Family Medicine Group in response to the opioid crisis. Their research findings successfully demonstrated a decrease in the likelihood of physicians writing opioid prescriptions when chiropractic services are integrated into family medicine.

Other NYCC alumni on the frontlines of educating the healthcare community about how chiropractic can assist with the opioid crisis are past president of the New York Chiropractic Council John Lamonica, D.C. '85, who recently spoke in front of the New York Senate and NYCC associate professor Gerald Stevens, D.C. '01, also recording secretary for New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA), who has spoken about opioids and chiropractic as an alternative at NYSCA meetings.

Between 1999 and 2017, almost 400,000 people died in the United States from an overdose involving opioids. (source).  Working together to decrease this number, NYCC and Seneca County Community Counseling Center created a partnership to provide integrative care to the center's clients. Since January 2019, NYCC clinicians have been providing chiropractic treatments to help people recover from opioid and other addictions, as well as manage their pain.

A variety of courses centered around chiropractic care and its role in pain management and combating the opioid crisis are offered by the Postgraduate Education and are all available for continuing education credit hours, including Dr. Rosa's Chiropractic Care of the Patient with Chronic Pain Syndromes: The Opioid Crisis - A Chiropractors Perspective and Chiropractic Care: A Solution to the Opioid Crisis.

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