Overdose deaths (2021)


Opioid deaths
(January – May 2022)


For every 100,000
hospital visits, 428 are opioid related
(January – December 2021)

Michigan chiropractors relieve pain using a
non-drug, non-surgical approach.

Drug addiction has gotten worse in Michigan,
covid is one of the culprits. The Michigan department of
health and Michigan chiropractors have some unique
approaches to solving the problem.

Experts discuss the misuse of opioids in young athletes and Governor Whitmer encourages Chiropractic care as a form of pain relief.


Opioids are a class of prescription pain reliever that interacts with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and body. In addition to pain relief, opioids can produce euphoria (a feeling of intense happiness) – this is why they are often misused. Misuse (using in a different way or a larger quantity than prescribed or taken without a prescription) can lead to addiction, overdose, and death. In addition, misuse of prescription opioids often leads to use of illegal street drugs, once the supply of prescription drugs is ended.


Opioids are pain-relieving drugs that are meant to help control severe pain such as what you experience after surgery. 


In the 1990s and early 2000s, pharmaceutical companies (incorrectly) marketed opioids to prescribing physicians as nonaddictive and highly effective for all pain, including lower back pain. Even now, after all we know about the dangers of opioids, some physicians still prescribe them for neck, back and muscle pain, often with poor results, as many patients continue to report chronic pain and a decreased quality of life.


Opioids only mask symptoms, they do nothing to alleviate the problem causing the pain in the first place. Many leading health care agencies – including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S Food & Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Academy of Medicine, The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare, and the Veterans Affairs Health System – recommend conservative, drug- and surgery-free care like chiropractic as a first line of defense for patients with non-cancer-related pain. The fact is this: Opioids must be a last resort for the treatment of neck, back, and muscle pain.

Michigan Opioid Data:

An opioid can be a prescription drug, often referred to as painkillers, or an illicit substance, such as heroin. Find out more about the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

Since 2000, opioid overdose deaths have grown tenfold in Michigan. This epidemic impacts thousands of Michiganders and their families, friends, and communities. It’s one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes, and we must respond urgently.

Michigans Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers
Category Data

Get Help:

If you or someone you know needs help with opioid use disorder, call the SAMSHA National Hotline, a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year, treatment referral hotline. 

Below you will find important information on different treatment options, how to find treatment, and how to request Naloxone, a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses.


For 125 years, chiropractic care has focused on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects these systems have on general health. Chiropractic is THE choice for millions of patients who want safe and effective health care – without the use of surgery or drugs.

Chiropractors use natural methods to treat the biomechanics, structure, and function of the spine and its effects on the muscle and nervous systems. Chiropractic emphasizes the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health.

Chiropractors also concentrate on the factors involved in a patient’s overall health, including diet and proper nutrition, activity levels and rehabilitative exercises, other lifestyle choices, and much more.

Chiropractors use a hands-on technique known as the “chiropractic adjustment” to restore spinal and other joint mobility. This procedure is performed by manually applying a controlled force to joints that have either become too restricted in their movement or too mobile, as a result of a tissue injury. By realigning the affected vertebrae through a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor eliminates this nerve interference and proper bodily function is restored.

The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement and function, rather than masking the true cause of pain with opioids. Chiropractic care consists primarily of spinal adjustments and supportive care, which chiropractors personalize for each patient.


Chiropractors treat patients of all ages, including seniors and children, with conditions such as osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains and strains, postural issues, and a variety of other nonneuromusculoskeletal conditions, all without the use of surgery or drugs. They have been shown to have great success in treating on-the-job injuries, sports injuries, and injuries associated with auto accidents.

Chiropractic care is not just for patients with pain, however. Chiropractors – with their patient- centered, whole-person approach – are the ultimate wellness doctors. Regular chiropractic care can be a helpful tool in maintaining general health and well-being and increasing vitality.

Why Chiropractic Care?
In addition to helping reduce back and neck pain, research shows chiropractic is beneficial in reducing headaches and digestive issues, while also improving immune function.
Faster injury recovery
Studies have linked chiropractic care with faster healing.
Injury prevention
If the musculoskeletal (bones and tissue) system is out of alignment, due to overtraining for instance, it can create tension in one area of the body. And if this tension is able to persist, a sprain, strain, or other similar injury can result.
Improved strength
Chiropractic care athletes improves strength. A study involving elite Taekwondo athletes received one session of care and the resulted in increased muscle strength when compared to a control group. 
Increased flexibility
“All athletes can benefit from performance flexibility” according to the United States Sports Academy. Greater flexibility offers greater injury protection and improved sports performance.