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Acupuncture as an alternative to opioids

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's no secret that parts of our country are in crisis when it comes to prescription drug overdoses.  

Wisconsin is part of the problem.  The State Department of Health Services reports in 2016 alone, more than 800 people died from opioid related deaths, and since 2000 the number of deaths in Wisconsin because of opioid abuse increased by 600%.  

There could be a fix that's catching the eyes of state officials though -- acupuncture.  

Thursday on 27 News at 10, Reporter Caroline Bach speaks with an acupuncturist about why the therapy gives similar benefits to opioids, and we find out where Wisconsin compares with the rest of the country when it comes to getting acupuncture covered through insurance.  

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