Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

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Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

David Ramsey, a Medicaid patient who suffers from chronic pain after falling off a cliff in 2011, receives acupuncture treatment in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being used by doctors and officials seeking a new weapon in the nation’s struggle with opioids. Ohio’s Medicaid program is the latest to start covering the cost of acupuncture for low-income patients in pain, following similar programs in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

David Ramsey, a Medicaid patient who suffers from chronic pain after falling off a cliff in 2011, receives acupuncture treatment in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being used by doctors and officials seeking a new weapon in the nation’s struggle with opioids. Ohio’s Medicaid program is the latest to start covering the cost of acupuncture for low-income patients in pain, following similar programs in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

Ankit Maheshwari, an anesthesiologist at University Hospitals, speaks about acupuncture in Cleveland, Ohio. Long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being used by doctors and officials seeking a new weapon in the nation’s struggle with opioids. Maheshwari, who formerly treated pain patients at a Department of Veteran affairs, says acupuncture is gaining broader acceptance in the military and civilian practice.
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