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Find alternatives to opioid prescriptions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The governor of West Virginia signed a bill recently making it law that medical doctors must refer their pain patients to either a chiropractor or physical therapist before they can prescribe opioids, and any insurance company doing business in West Virginia must have chiropractic coverage of at least 20 visits. It’s the first law of its kind in the country and will take effect in 90 days.Over two months ago, I met with Sen. George Amedore proposing he consider introducing a bill that would make it mandatory for every middle and high school student in the state of New York to undergo a biomechanical exam at the start of the school year, in addition to the current medical exam all students receive.Although eyes, ears, nose and throat are important, these kids start their sports seasons without anyone ever looking at their musculoskeletal systems. This is the very start of a broken system.Unfortunately, Sen. Amedore didn’t have the vision the governor of West Virginia had, and he gave me every reason why it wouldn’t work. Hopefully, we’ll have some politicians in New York state who are more willing to step up and figure out how to make it work. In this country every day, 115 people die due to opioid overdose, and it’s all because people are going to doctors who don’t understand musculoskeletal issues and write prescriptions for the relief of pain while never addressing the cause of the problem.Tim MaggsSchenectadyThe writer is a chiropractor and the developer of the Concerned Parents of Young Athletes Program.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img

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