New Policy and Educational Brief Released

Children with chronic pain will soon be adults with chronic pain. Poor pain management in childhood not only affects the quality of life of children and their families, but also puts children at risk for continued and heightened impairment as they move into adulthood.

There's a better way.

Better chronic pain treatment will improve the lives
of millions of Americans, save billions of dollars, and
reduce opioid misuse.

No Longer Silent

Better chronic pain treatment will improve the lives
of millions of Americans, save billions of dollars, and
reduce opioid overprescribing.

Our mission is to transform the way pain is perceived, judged and treated.

Educate

To educate the public about chronic pain as a disease, reframe the current dialogue on pain management and accurately articulate the relationship to the opioid epidemic. Learn more.

Engage

To bring people living with chronic pain — as well as caregivers and researchers — to talk openly about their values, beliefs, perceptions, and experiences. Learn more.

Advocate

To develop working relationships with policy makers and organizations that advocate for legislative and regulatory initiatives to positively impact people living with chronic pain. Learn more.

Face of Pain:

Ken Babb

“When you take pain medication, it doesn’t matter who you are. Everyone is questioning you all the time. It is a very dehumanizing treatment. You’re treated as a druggie with a drug-seeking habit. That’s all you are.”

Face of Pain:

Jonathan Bell

“I had to learn to live with the disease and to work around it. It boils over into everyday life,” Bell said. “There’s no book to tell you how to live with the disease. It’s just learning as you go.”

Face of Pain:

Ken Babb

“When you take pain medication, it doesn’t matter who you are. Everyone is questioning you all the time. It is a very dehumanizing treatment. You’re treated as a druggie with a drug-seeking habit. That’s all you are.”

Face of Pain:

Jonathan Bell

“I had to learn to live with the disease and to work around it. It boils over into everyday life,” Bell said. “There’s no book to tell you how to live with the disease. It’s just learning as you go.”

PAINS Blog

Chronic Pain, Loneliness, Depression and Suicide

by Carolyn Noel, PAINS Webmaster I’m not “just” depressed! As a person who lives with pain, I am well aware that the last thing any of us want to hear is, “You’re depressed.” In fact, we tend to fear that label and avoid it like the plague, particularly because we...

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PAINS Advisory Committee Member Spotlight: Larry Driver, MD

by Lesli Hill, PAINS Advisory Committee Volunteer Coordinator Larry Driver, M.D is a Professor in the Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. He also serves as the...

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PAINS Advisory Committee Members Continue to Speak Out

PAINS is proud to have a distinguished group of advisors serving on the PAINS Advisory Committee to guide us in our efforts to change the way pain is perceived, judged and treated. Recently, committee member Dr. Jeff Levi, Professor of Health Management & Policy at...

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