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#ChoosePT Opioid Awareness : An American Health Crisis

Over the past 15 years, increasing numbers of Americans have been prescribed opioids for pain management. Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and as a result, so have deaths related to prescription opioids.

The APTA's #ChoosePT campaign raises awareness about the dangers of prescription opioids and encourages consumers and prescribers to choose safer alternatives like physical therapy. This initiative is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines released in March 2016 urging non-drug treatment for most chronic pain conditions.