September is Pain Awareness Month during which the medical industry aims to raise public awareness of pain, pain management solutions, and the work of pain professionals. Living with pain can be debilitating and negatively affect the quality of life of patients and the people around them. Current statistics estimate that nearly 50 million Americans experience chronic pain. Worsening the burden of chronic pain is an alarming rise in opioid abuse and addiction which has brought a critical focus on non-drug treatment approaches for both acute and chronic pain.
As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the United States, there is an urgent need for safe, effective, and non-addictive therapies for chronic pain and pain management. Currently, the CDC estimates that on average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid-related overdose and the number of people with opioid use disorder continues to rise. Opioid medications not only carry potential for abuse and significant addictive properties, they are also associated with a multitude of adverse effects and the long-term repercussions of their useare unknown.