b'NEW JERSEYPUBLICATION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY CHIROPRACTORS SPRING 2021IVOL. 17INO. 2The Pandemic before The PandemicThe Opioid Crisis and COVIDs ImpactCOVID-19 has dominated the headlines and alteredHow chiropractic physicians can fight the warlife as we knew it for more than a year now. Buton opioidswhile the focus shifted to this pandemic, an old The chiropractic profession can have a profound impact one quietly spread unchecked. on the opioid crisis, said Dr. Rosa.There are several ways The current pandemic has to impact that community that are often missed: First and been an absolute insult toforemost is the ability to educate the medical community injury, said Dr. John P. Rosa,and general population on the need to treat through who presented A Call tomusculoskeletal injuries and not prescribe through them.ActionAddressing the OpioidSecondly, for those who are detoxing from their depen-Crisis at the ANJC Virtualdency/addiction there is an incredible need for lifestyle Spring Summit on April 22. and nutrition changes.Lastly if chronic pain is a trigger to relapse it is imperative to minimize pain while patients are in While the country and worldfull recovery.has correctly concentrated efforts to lessen the effects of the virus, we have seen overdose rates increase inDr. John P. Rosa some cities by 100%, he said. The lack of access to proper care and rehab, along with social isolation, has scored record use and abuse of opioids.Even with COVID taking lives daily, opioid overdose is still the number one cause of death for anyone under theage of 50.Dr. Rosa, who earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, owns and supervises Accessible Beltway Clinics, 17 clinics in Maryland and Virginia which handle more than 60,000 patient visits per year.ABC Clinics combine medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and behavioral medicine to give a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to painDr. Rosas presentation highlights just how life altering a syndromes and musculoskeletal disorders.Dr. Rosa foundedvisit to a chiropractic physician can be.This is why the ANJC Overdose Free America, a nonprofit which uses the power ofcontinues to build education around this important issue, celebrity and entertainment to bring visibility to the opioidsaid ANJC President Dr. Jordan Kovacs.B.J. Palmer talked crisis, and has served as a consultant to the White House,about not realizing how much what you do today can affect the Department of Justice, Homeland Security and the Drugsomeones life tomorrow, and that applies here.Being Enforcement Administration, among others. a point of contact for musculoskeletal pain can help our [ OPIOIDS CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 ]'