Here is a link to a news story about a US veteran who stopped taking opioids for pain because of the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy.
My opinion is that the majority of people really don’t need opioids, since the risk usually outweighs the benefits. There are always exceptions.
Awareness and education on behalf of all physicians and patients is critical. Because, education about existing and effective alternatives is kind of behind in the West on behalf of the establishment.
Thanks to the internet and the media, we can bring more attention and awareness to the gentle and virtually risk free therapies like acupuncture.