According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont is reducing chronic pain thought multi-disciplined approach that include Yoga, Tai Chi, Acupuncture and other non-opioid treatments. Dr. Julie Franklin attributes the 42% decline in drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin to be the result of the Pain Center (at White River Junction which she supervises).
They are providing active strategies instead of looking for pills "and becoming empowered," according to Physical Therapist Baren Tang. This is a strategy that is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as in other states. A great model that saves lives, reduces costs, and prevents disease through self care.