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Initial Provider and Opioid Use for Back Pain. A study that evaluated data concerning 216,504 new-onset back pain patients found that individuals who first consulted with a doctor of chiropractic were significantly less likely to be prescribed opioids by a medical doctor during the following year than if they initially sought treatment from a medical physician. The authors of the study conclude, “Incentivizing use of conservative therapists may be a strategy to reduce risks of early and long-term opioid use.” BMJ Open, September 2019