People living with chronic pain deserve treatment, not labels.

Tell them your pain matters.

write congress now

People living with chronic pain deserve treatment, not labels.

Tell them your pain matters.

write congress now

TAKE A STAND FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN:

People with pain are misunderstood, inadequately treated, stigmatized and marginalized on a daily basis and are forgotten about. Join People with Pain Matter and take action by advocating for nearly 100 million Americans afflicted with chronic pain.

about

People with Pain Matter is an online community dedicated to raising public awareness of the impact of chronic pain on the lives of nearly 100 million Americans.  The opioid-abuse epidemic is a tragedy, one that requires a thoughtful, national response. However, our country’s response to the opioid epidemic has had drastic, unintended consequences for people suffering with pain. We support public policy to combat addiction and drug overdose while additionally recognizing the needs of people with chronic pain.

Most importantly, we are committed to reshaping our nation’s dialogue on pain, strengthening the nation’s investment in new therapies that reduce the crisis of chronic pain and allowing those living with pain to maintain necessary and timely access to pain relief without labels and stigmatization.

Through legislative and regulatory action, media engagement and social media mobilization, we encourage policymakers, media and other healthcare stakeholders to recognize the needs of people with chronic pain and to enact public policy that recognizes People with Pain Matter.

WHY PAIN MATTERS

People with Pain Matter because nearly 100 million Americans live with chronic pain according to the 2011 IOM report. People with pain are misunderstood, undertreated, stigmatized and marginalized on a daily basis and are forgotten about. Increasingly, people with chronic conditions ranging from cancer to Crohn’s disease to rheumatoid arthritis are being denied access to pain relief and labeled as addiction risks. People with pain are not given any options and do not have access to multiple disciplines to treat the whole person and reduce pain. Instead, they are being forced to buy medicines on the street or to take medication prescribed to friends or family members in order to treat their own pain. In the most tragic and extreme cases, members of our community are taking their own lives because they can no longer live with their severe pain. This is why our leaders must understand that Pain Matters. 


tell congress

Congress is now considering legislation that could have the unintended consequence of limiting your access to treatments for chronic pain. In just a few clicks, you can email your lawmakers to tell them People with Pain Matter. To have the greatest impact, be sure to tell your Members how long you’ve lived in the district and/or state, how pain affects you (as a person living with pain, caregiver, etc.), and why people with chronic pain need access to appropriate treatments including multiple methodologies such as alternative care, medications, medical cannabis, and integrative approaches.

tell the media

You can help us communicate the needs of people with pain to national media. To submit a letter to the editor, select a media outlet below and use the talking points provided. We encourage you to craft a letter that explains the importance of protecting access to pain relief for people with chronic pain, how you live with pain (as a person living with pain, caregiver, etc.), and how your safely and judiciously prescribed medications help you lead a more productive, fulfilling life.

tell your story

Nearly 100 million people in the US live with pain, yet many in the pain community feel unheard and isolated. Your pain may be quiet. But that doesn’t mean you have to be. Sharing your story will help stop the stigmatization of people who rely on various forms of pain relief, and provide us with real examples of people who are being denied access to medications and other treatment modalities.

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People with pain are misunderstood, inadequately treated, stigmatized and marginalized on a daily basis and are forgotten about. In addition to advocating for People with Pain Matter on social media, through letters to your elected officials and media outlets across the country, you can show your support by making a contribution to the U.S. Pain Foundation to expand this initiative. All contributions are gratefully accepted. For a minimum contribution of $20, you will receive a campaign t-shirt to show everyone in your community that People with Pain Matter.

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