The CNN Effect: the mediatization of pain policy

We are pleased to share with you this report highlighting how both traditional and social media impact pain policy and the lives of those living with chronic pain, as well as their capacity to have positive and negative consequences.

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.”

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