Our 2016 annual report has just been published! Read how we put your dollars to work to train more military physicians in medical acupuncture, and in doing so, reduced opioids by 45%, saved $250,000, improved patients' and physicians' wellbeing, and restored hope, health, and honor to our nation's service members and veterans.
Printed copies are available upon request or read it directly on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AcusFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1211747632259254
Our September-October 2017 newsletter has been published. Highlights include: The Economist Intelligence Unit profiles Acus as one of eight programs nationwide successfully combating the opioid epidemic; Acus research spotlight shows that acupuncture builds trust between patients and physicians, and more. Click here to read the newsletter.
With the Acus flagship training program based in Las Vegas, the tragedies of Sunday evening hit very close to home. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the violence, their families, and the people of Southern Nevada.
The Economist Intelligence Unit featured Acus Foundation in a special report on innovative programs successfully combating the opioid epidemic.
Read the report here: http://tacklingopioids.eiu.com/case_study/medical-treatment-including-alternative-practices/
Our goal at Acus is to interrupt the opioid epidemic at its outset: the primary care clinic. As the report's Executive Summary notes, "practitioners see the problem but don't always focus on it in the moment of prescribing." Acus Foundation encourages those doctors to "think acupuncture first."
Military primary care physicians are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. Patients in acute and chronic pain come to them first, and for this reason, they issue the highest number of opioid prescriptions than any other medical specialty. These doctors are responsible for treating the most complex pain cases, often under severe time constraints. According to the NIH, 75% of opioid addiction and abuse begins with a prescription.
Our flagship program at Nellis AFB in Nevada has demonstrated a 45% reduction in opioid prescriptions among patients who had acupuncture added to their case management. The more physicians and qualified health care providers we train, the greater our ability to reduce opioids on a large scale. Join us and help us spread the word: "More needles, fewer pills"!