March 2016 was a very important month in the world of pain policy. On the 15th of the month, the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was officially released. This was quickly followed by the long-awaited release of the National Pain Strategy on March 18th. PAINS is glad to see progress being made toward our ultimate mission to transform the way pain is perceived, judged, and treated.
To that end, PAINS wrote a letter to the President, signed by more than 100 individuals and organizations from all around the country. We are also a member of the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) who, along with 15 other member organizations, has written a letter to the Senate HELP committee and others.
The goal of these communications is to ensure that the National Pain Strategy is implemented. As a part of this effort, CPATF developed a social media campaign with corresponding images (like the one above). We hope that you will follow us on Twitter and Facebook and retweet/share these posts to help spread the word.
There is still much work to do to fulfill our mission and we hope you will continue to support our efforts. Please be sure to sign up for the PAINS and CPATF mailing lists/updates so that you can stay involved and make sure your voice is heard.