PAINS is pleased to share with you the news that the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Office of Pain Policy today published a notice soliciting public comment on the draft National Pain Strategy. The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), which is under NINDS, was charged by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to create a comprehensive population health level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, and research.

Comments on the draft National Pain Strategy must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on May 20, 2015. Written comments sent electronically are preferred and may be addressed to NPSPublicComments@NIH.gov. Written responses should be addressed to Linda Porter, Ph.D., NINDS/NIH, 31 Center Drive, Room 8A31, Bethesda, MD 20892.

After thoughtful reading and discussion, PAINS will be preparing and submitting comment on the draft and we highly encourage others to do so as well.