I have just finished teaching Explain Pain 3 (EP3) seminars in the United States with Lorimer Moseley and Mark Jensen – many thanks for the enthusiastic support from the US for what more than one participant referred to as ‘countercultural’ material – notions of education as therapy, self treatment, alternatives to medication and minimising treatment are certainly not mainstream.
As I left Seattle, the conference manager, who had become quite interested in the material present passed me recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioid deaths had passed 30,000 in 2015 and the recent heroin boom increased further with ongoing attempts at restricting traditional opioids. For the first time, there were more heroin deaths than gun homicides.
A sobering end to my trip. Maybe crisis will evoke change?