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F4CP Designates September 2017 Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month: Retired Brig. General Rebecca Halstead Serves as Honorary Chair

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The Foundation
for Chiropractic Progress
(F4CP), a leading voice of the
chiropractic profession, designates the month of September as Drug-Free
Pain Management Awareness Month
, and announces that Retired
Brig. General Rebecca Halstead
will serve as honorary national chair
of the of the educational campaign to stop opioid abuse and save lives.
A month-long series of community events – open to the public, state
legislators, health plans and healthcare professionals – will highlight
the value of drug-free chiropractic care to safely and effectively
address many patients' spine and joint-related pain. Visit: www.drugfreepaincare.org.

"Prescription opioid use and abuse that leads to addiction and often
disastrous outcomes have put our nation at-risk, with millions of
American lives literally hanging in the balance," says General Halstead.
"Unfortunately, people get prescribed addictive painkillers like
oxycodone, hydrocodone and Percocet, and the downward journey begins.
When these prescriptions are no longer available or affordable, they
seek out cheaper and more potent drugs like heroin and fentanyl. The
results are shattering, as more than 90 Americans die each day from drug
overdoses."

When it comes to pain, General Halstead knows first-hand suffering with
a diagnosis of chronic fibromyalgia (FM) in 2005. She describes the pain
as unmanageable, and after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq where
she was the first female Commanding General in combat who led 20,000
soldiers and 5,000 civilians, she reports the military's solution was
prescribing multiple prescription medications.

"I refused and sought out other solutions," she says. "Chiropractic care
literally saved my life."

Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month will be observed annually
through its recognition by the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market
Development (SHSMD) and designation on the American Hospital
Association's Calendar of Health Observances & Recognition Days.
Nationwide events will highlight the value of chiropractic for seniors,
athletes, pregnant women, military veterans, and other pain sufferers.

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and Foundation for
Chiropractic Education

A not-for-profit organization, Foundation for Chiropractic Education
(501-C3) and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (501C6) provide
information and education regarding the value of chiropractic care and
its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.com;
call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestYouTube.

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