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Issue Background

National Pain Strategy

Integral to our collaboration, we unite with more than 50 other organizations with the following beliefs, which guide our collective work.

  • Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
  • Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
  • Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
  • Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.
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NPS is the first-ever, comprehensive, population-level strategic plan to advance pain research, education, care and prevention, and was developed in response to the imminent need to transform how pain is perceived, assessed and treatment in America. The NPS process began after the seminal 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Relieving Pain in America, determined that over 100 million American adults live with life-altering chronic pain, at an annual economic cost burden of $600 billion. This equals a national epidemic with costs far exceeding that of any other disease state or disorder in the U.S.

Read more about the release of the NPS

The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force

The CPATF includes 16 consumer organizations united to support, influence, and monitor the National Pain Strategy.

“Allowing people to suffer with unmanaged pain

is immoral and unethical”