Welcome to the website of A Better Choice. We are a non-profit group advocating for the reform of narcotic drug prescriptions. We believe that there is a place for narcotic pain medications. However, we think they should only be prescribed for acute pain such as during surgery recovery or for chronic pain only in the most extreme cases when all other alternatives have been exhausted.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Opiate pain medications don’t solve whatever the problem is that is causing pain. They simply mask the pain that’s there. When it comes to chronic pain, there are a lot of other alternative methods that have proven to be much more effective in the long term such as acupuncture, exercise, massage, diet changes, herbal medications and vitamins, and other non-narcotic pain medications.
We feel that so many doctors unfortunately will go right to prescribing narcotic pain medication when a patient presents with chronic pain. While there are some alternative physicians who will try other methods, many physicians will not.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2015, of the 20.5 million Americans age 12 or older that currently had a substance abuse issue, 2 million had an issue that involved narcotic pain medication. This is an epidemic. Our goal at A Better Choice is to encourage our lawmakers as well as local and Federal government to introduce stricter laws