No quick fix: Missouri finds managing pain without opioids isn’t fast or easy

January 19, 2024

Missouri began offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for Medicaid patients in April, the latest state to try an alternative to opioids for those battling chronic pain. Yet only about 500 of the state's roughly 330,000 adult Medicaid users accessed the program through December, at a cost of $190,000, according to Josh Moore, the Missouri Medicaid pharmacy director. Meanwhile, according to the state, opioids were still being doled out: 109,610 Missouri Medicaid patients of all age groups received opioid prescriptions last year. A limited number of providers offer alternative treatment options, especially to Medicaid patients. The effort and cost that go into coordinating a care plan with multiple alternative pain therapies is another barrier.

The source of this news is from Medical News