Opiod epidemic not a new issue for the VA

STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - There has been a lot of discussion recently about the opioid crisis in the US, but this is an issue the Veteran’s Association has been addressing for years.

Instead of focusing on prescribing more opioids as pain relief, the VA has been working with patients, using multiple options rather than just pain relief pills. The alternative therapies include yoga, acupuncture, occupational therapy and chiropractic therapy.

So far, the changes seem to be working; There has been a lot of good feedback from patients. According to VA pharmacist Amy Doten, "They're so happy to be off of those medications to have other things they can look to.”

The v-a is also working to make pain treatment a team effort, with primary care, chiropractors, pharmacists and other administrators working together to help each patient individually.