Below is a press release that sent out last week.

For Immediate Release January 7, 2011

Contact: Dr. Lou Jacobs – 207-807-1119 or

Portland Doctor has message for Governor LePage about addiction problem

Portland, Maine — Governor Paul LePage has a serious drug problem. His state has recently been ranked #1 in the country for treatment rates for addiction to the pain killers oxycodone and hydrocodone. Dr. Lou Jacobs of Portland, Maine believes he has a partial solution to the problem for Governor LePage. Focus more on drug free healthcare for key health problems that may often be effectively treated without prescriptions.

Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States — only headache is more common. For over 110 years chiropractic care has successfully treated low back pain and headache for a fraction of the cost of traditional medical modalities and without the risk of drug addiction.
Chiropractic is the third largest healthcare profession in The United States. The foundation of chiropractic care since 1895 has always been drugless and non-surgical intervention that regulates the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Maine has a wealth of Doctors of Chiropractic who can provide a first line of treatment for people in pain without using risky and highly addictive medications like Oxycontin.
Chiropractors will also save the state money. In the short term, fewer and less expensive medical claims paid by the state. In the long term, less need for detox clinics, crime investigation and state funded social services aimed at addiction treatment. Additionally it will position Maine as a progressive, health conscious state that could use a little help in this area. Maine statistics show that over 60% of residents are overweight or obese, and of now there’s the Oxycontin issue to boot. Governor LePage has the opportunity to clean up addiction and crime as well as reduce the healthcare burden on taxpayers, thereby freeing up money for important issues. He simply needs to begin discussion and ask for help from Maine’s chiropractic community.