How is your chronic pain treated? If you feel your illness is misunderstood and you could use better or less costly treatments, sign this petition today asking the White House to implement the National Pain Strategy.
The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), with the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF), recently launched a National Pain Strategy White House Petition calling for better pain management options for people with debilitating, life-altering chronic pain.
We’re going all out on this effort! Please join us to urge everyone to sign the White House Petition calling to implement and fund the National Pain Strategy (NPS). Patients and families can’t afford silence from the Administration any longer on why there’s been no movement to fully enact the NPS.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
- Sign the petition and share it with friends and family.
(Note: To complete the signing process, be sure you verify your signature thru your email from the White House.)
- Share this email and the NFMCPA’s social media content. Follow and repost from Facebook.com/nfmcpa and retweet @FibroandPain.
NATIONAL PAIN STRATEGY BACKGROUND
Developed together by researchers, clinicians, and patients and approved by federal agencies, the National Pain Strategy is a first-of-its-kind blueprint to increase research of pain treatments, medical training for clinicians, and awareness of chronic pain as a disease of epidemic proportions. 72 patient advocacy organizations advocated strongly to U.S. Congress and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell for its implementation and funding. We urgently need your help now to make the White House Petition successful and require a public response from President Obama about making chronic pain a national priority. 100 million Americans experience life-altering, chronic pain conditions.
Recent CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain are intended to reduce opioid addiction by severely limiting access to prescribed opioid medications. The CDC Guidelines recommend nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy as first choices. The National Pain Strategy drives the training and payment for those nonpharma therapies. Without implementation of the NPS, only the CDC Guidelines will be in effect.
Without an outcry from patients and advocates, NPS may not be implemented or funded at all. The chronic pain epidemic must be addressed immediately by fully implementing and funding the NPS.