RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - Doctors and community members will meet Thursday in Richmond Hill for an opioid alternative resource seminar.
The Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project says it is time to teach prescribers and patients the different ways to treat pain rather than writing out a prescription.
Opioid addiction continues to be an issue across the country.
Area physicians and the Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project say prescribing opioids has become part of life. If a patient says they are in pain, you prescribe them a painkilling drug. But those who are hosting Thursday's seminar say there are alternative ways to treat pain rather than using opioids.
Organizers say alternative options like exercise and yoga, physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care, are all safer than taking opioids. They say too many people are losing their lives to painkilling drugs and it’s time to change the system.
Thursday’s seminar will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Richmond Hill City Center on Cedar Street. Various speakers will discuss the opioid crisis and alternative ways to treat pain.
Organizers say they hope physicians will learn about these alternatives and prescribe them to their patients who need to be treated for pain.
“Pain being the symptom usually of the problem, not necessarily the issue itself. Opioid medication simply masks the pain which is not the problem. The problem is what’s creating the pain," said Jacques Beauchamp, Cora Physical Therapy.
In addition, the Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project is giving away prescription drug lock boxes all this month. They’re designed to prevent anyone else from taking your prescriptions. Those who get a controlled substance prescription filled at either Richmond Hill Pharmacy or Bedingfield Pharmacy in Pembroke will receive a free drug lock box.