What They’re Watching: David Frain, Christian Health Associates

David Frain, Practice Manager at the Christian Health Associates, Cornerstone Clinic, joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to talk about the opioid crisis.

We have an opioid crisis. The opioid crisis will not be solved by us writing prescriptions for opioids. We need to recognize a couple things. One is, the reason there’s a crisis is because these are terrific medications, they have a purpose. They’re a really great medication if they’re used properly. The problem is they are very addictive and people are using them incorrectly.

There are treatment modalities that don’t require opioids such as OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment), such as the fascial distortion model which is provided by some osteopathic physicians. [They are] still doctors, still providing pain relief, chronic pain relief with one or two visits. It seems like we ought to be exploring that more than exploring how to get people reduced in their opioid use. Maybe we can look at treatment modalities that don’t require opioid use. There’s a few physicians in Anchorage that are providing OMT and they’re getting referrals from everybody. They’re managing people with chronic pain that are not served by opioid use, that are not getting success, that are not getting pain alleviation. They come to an osteopathic physician… that’s one of many possible treatment modalities that would not get people hooked on opioids. I’m hopeful that we’ll have some more funding for folks in recovery. That we’ll be able to get this turned around.