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[BRIEFING] Acupuncture: A Powerful Tool in Solving the Opioid Crisis

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

The United States is facing a national opioid epidemic and regulatory agencies, patient advocacy groups, chronic care organizations and our medical systems are looking for non-pharmacologic strategies to join in the battle to decrease our country's opioid dependence. Acupuncture is a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective and available treatment ready to step into this role. Licensed acupuncturists can be utilized throughout the current systems delivering first-line treatments for pain and can be employed for treatments of those suffering through the debilitative world of opioid addiction.

Join us November 8th as we discuss how acupuncture can be safely, easily and cost-effectively incorporated into hospital and rehabilitation settings across the country to help dramatically decrease health care expenditures while offering patients non-pharmacologic options for treating and preventing opioid addiction and pain.

We will begin with a complimentary session of acupuncture led by a team of experienced licensed acupuncturists. All attendees are invited to participate. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation of our findings and lunch will be served.

AGENDA:

12:00PM-12:30PM:

Opening Remarks and Acupuncture Demonstration

12:30PM-1:00PM:

Welcome, Acknowledgment of Authors, & Presentation of Findings for White Paper: Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: evidence, cost-effectiveness, and care availability for acupuncture as a primary, non-pharmacologic method for pain relief and management.

Presentation: Dr. David Miller, MD, L.Ac.

1:00PM-1:10PM:

The Benefits of Acupuncture: A Patient Perspective

1:10PM-1:30PM:

Training & Qualifications of Licensed Acupuncturists

Presentation: Dr. Tracy Soltesz, D.Ac., L.Ac.

1:30PM-2:00PM:

Closing Remarks