A health care association is touting what its members believe to be a clear path Ohioans can take to cut down on opioid addiction. This path would take a culture change when it comes to the reputation of alternative medicine.
Pat Ensminger of Warren says chiropractic care is just one of many ways to treat pain without addictive opioids. Ensminger and the Ohio State Chiropractic Association say there are obstacles to connecting a patient to a chiropractor - including getting primary care physicians and insurance plans to take this treatment more seriously.
"We have an influence on our patients to seek non-drug care. It should be worth a premium. It should be worth a benefit package to allow the public to seek that care," he said.
The association said this culture change can start with reaching out to student athletes and medical students about the role chiropractic can play in pain treatment.