National Opioid Crisis Expert, Dynamic Speaker And Author, Dr. John Rosa
Writes About The Deadly Practice Of Prescribing Antidepressants For Pain Relief.

Dr. John P. Rosa, opioid crisis expert, author and dynamic speaker brings to light the practice of overprescribing antidepressants and the combining of antidepressants with opioids for pain relief which creates more pain and problems while offering little to no relief.

ROCKVILLE, MD. July 18, 2022: Dr. John Rosa, dynamic speaker, national opioid crises expert, and co-author of The Recipe for Success with Jack Canfield, posted a new article on his website entitled “The Use of Antidepressants For Pain Relief Is Not A Solution,” in which Dr. Rosa acknowledges that, “there are cases of chronic pain when medications are necessary but in most cases they are not.”

Dr. Rosa writes, “We humans are endlessly resourceful and experimental.” He continues, “I suppose I should add “hopeful” as well since we are continually looking for a magic pill for chronic pain relief. Perhaps “delusional” is more apt.” As a society, we endure rampant addiction, suicide, and violent behavior in pursuit of this magic pill. Yet despite these efforts, experience has shown us time and time again that “there is no safe and effective pharmaceutical for pain.” In fact,” he states, “I came across this reminder in a recent article which states, “Unfortunately, when a pain patient goes to most physicians seeking help for chronic pain, they (the doctor) will reach for their prescription pad because that is all that they have been trained to do. However, there is no safe and effective pharmaceutical for pain. (Italics mine). The best results for pain relief are found in a wide array of alternative pain treatments.”

As Dr. Rosa goes on to explain, “To highlight the “experimental” nature of this quest, back in the 1960s some doctors started prescribing anti-depressants to patients who experienced chronic pain. This practice became popular throughout the 1970s and is still in use by some doctors today. It was common – and in some cases still is – to prescribe opioids and antidepressants simultaneously.” As he points out, “This is a deadly combination, and the risk of overdose is exponential. Today, it is widely known that antidepressants are also addictive and cause suicidal thoughts.”

According to Dr. Rosa, “And yet, the powers-that-be still do not acknowledge the greater benefits of, nor do they prescribe alternative non-addictive, non-surgical methods for pain relief. This continues to astonish me.”

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About John P. Rosa

Dr. John Rosa owns and supervises ABC Management, which is comprised of 21 integrative health clinics in Maryland and Virginia that sees over 60,000 patient visits per year. ABC Clinics combine medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and behavioral medicine to give a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to pain syndromes and musculoskeletal disorders. Active in sports medicine with consulting/treating college, professional and Olympic athletes. Founder of Accessible Wellness Solutions – an onsite corporate wellness program offering consulting, lectures and management of onsite clinics.


  • Northeast College of Health Sciences – DC 1992
  • Rutgers University – BS 1989

Integrative Medicine Specialist:

  • Current Board Chair to Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Trustee of Northeast College of Health Sciences for over 15 years serving final 3-year term as Chairman of the Board and given the honor or Board Emeritus post service.
  • Consultant on Integrative Medicine to hospital cancer center
  • Reduced opioid prescriptions up to 70% by integrating Chiropractic, physical therapy and behavioral medicine in a primary care setting
  • Expert/Speaker – Educating medical community on the Integrative Medicine approach to treating pain
  • Executive Medical Director – Nu-Life Solutions – maker of a neuromodulation devise to treat pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and withdrawals form opioid addiction
  • Medical Advisor – Outreach Recovery – a group of expert clinicians and health care professionals who specialize in substance abuse and drug addiction treatment, mental health counseling, and psychiatric management. Largest addiction treatment group in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • Chief Science Officer – Get A-Head – a SaaS platform company that provides a telehealth application in training and delivery of mental health care while incorporating cutting-edge AI technologies

Opioid Crisis Expert:

  • White House Surrogate/Consultant
  • Law Enforcement Consultant (Homeland Security, CBP, DOJ, DEA, FDA, FBI and U.S. Postal)
  • State, National, and International Consultant to Opioid Task Forces
  • Corporate and professional organization consultant
  • Currently working on PSA music and cinema projects with the Russo Brothers (directors/producers of the Marvel Avenger films)

Current Research and Publications:

  • New-Life Solutions – Research medical director for “The H.O.P.E. Initiative for Addiction”
  • Italian Chiropractic Association – Member of the Scientific Research Committee
  • Publication:
    • Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
    • “Changes in Opioid Therapy Use by an Interprofessional Primary Care Team: A Descriptive Study of Opioid Prescription Data” by John Rosa, DC and Jeanmarie R. Burke, PhD
    • Published: April 17, 2021

Community Leadership:

  • Founder of “Overdose Free America” a nonprofit which uses the power of celebrity and entertainment to bring the Opioid Crisis the visibility and support it deserves
  • Lectures to community, corporations, universities and medical community on the opioid and mental health crises have reached over 100,000 people.
  • Production of “BACKBONE” The story of proactive healthcare vs. reactive disease care that was focused on our active and retired military. A documentary by Wellbeing Films
  • Co-Producer of “It’s Happening Right Here” The story of how sex trafficking has infiltrated our country with almost no public awareness
  • Volunteer at Crossroads Freedom Center – a residential facility in Maryland to help overcome addiction
  • Board member – #Same Here Global Mental Health Movement – 501c3 dedicated to delivering resources and programing on better ways to treat mental health other then medication