CalChiro & the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Collaborate on Sacramento Bee Ad
April 11, 2018


In the state of California, hospitals treat one prescription opioid or heroin overdose every 45 minutes. 

In 2016, nearly 2,000 people in California died from a drug overdose, with 70 percent of the deaths involving a prescription opioid.

Enough opioid prescriptions in California are written to kill every resident more than twice.

California’s Opioid Death Toll: 11 deaths per 100,000 residents.


As Primary Care Providers, chiropractors offer a non-drug solution to pain. Chiropractic care is safe, and both clinically and cost effective. It correlates with positive societal impact and high patient satisfaction rates.

A study by the Alternative Medicine Integration Group found that patients using chiropractors as their first mode of treatment demonstrated a 60.2% decrease in hospital admissions, a 62% decrease in outpatient surgeries and procedures, and a 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs. The California Chiropractic Association urges legislators, insurers and employers to lead the mission to put a chiropractor on all Californians’ healthcare team as the first line of defense.

Chiropractors — who receive a minimum of seven years higher education — are specifically trained in clinical evaluation and diagnosis. They provide non-pharmaceutical care and rehabilitation to individuals suffering from acute and chronic neck and low back pain, headaches, musculoskeletal conditions and other related neurological conditions.