Thousands of Americans, and especially Native Americans, are addicted to narcotics. Many of them have chronic pain issues, many have addiction issues. It is far less expensive to give them rehabilitative Physical Therapy treatment and get them to work than it is to support their narcotic addiction and put them on disability. We need to expand the use of physical therapy/rehabilitation to ensure people have alternate means to deal with acute or chronic conditions that cause pain. We need to stop treating these conditions with narcotics and welfare.
Idea No. 13437