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 The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, was quoted in an article in the Guardian about the President’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency.

In the article, Dr. Levi points out the need for “additional resources for prevention, harm reduction and treatment.” Much like the National Pain Strategy Report, released in March 2016, while many applauded the declaration, without additional resources little can actually be accomplished. According to the Guardian, “the public health emergency fund has a balance of only $57,000.”

While getting the conversation started about these two important public health issues—opioid abuse/addiction and chronic pain—is a good thing and it is encouraging to see the government reaching out to experts who are dealing with these problems “in the trenches.” Without funding, it is difficult to imagine how positive change can be accomplished.