Missouri May Pay for Chiropractors in Effort to Stop Opioid Abuse

The Missouri Senate has approved a plan to have the state’s Medicaid program pay for chiropractic treatment, in part as a way to keep people from taking opioid painkillers and becoming addicted.

"Patients who visit chiropractors have a greater likelihood of not being exposed to opioids for their pain, which decreases their risk of addiction," according to State Sen. Jeanie Riddle, who introduced the legislation.

"Too often in our society, people believe a handful of painkillers is the proper prescription for a sore back," Riddle said. "But in some cases, a trip to a specialist, such as a chiropractor, can cure our aches and pains."

The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives.

Source: Fulton (Mo.) Sun. Click here for the full article.