This Week in Pain: August 27, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Engaging Providers, Patients, and Organizations on Draft CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain Source: CDC – 8/26 CDC invites providers, patients, and organization representatives to provide input on Draft CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain during a webinar presentation and discussion. The recommendations are intended for the prescribing […]

VA Clinics Meet Growing Demands of Migraine Management for Veterans

Migraine management at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinics closely adheres to guidelines and provides a high rate of veterans with triptans and preventive medications, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Connecticut Healthcare System, in West Haven, and Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Conn., conducted the study to explore whether […]

DEA Testifies on Legitimate Prescription Drug Denials

The DEA is speaking up after months of taking the brunt of the blame in Florida’s prescription drug problem. The DEA is not backing down. Susan Langston with the DEA offered a prepared statement to patients who are unable to get legitimate pain medication. “Your voices have been heard by the DEA loud and clear,” […]

NIH: More than 1 in 10 American adults experience chronic pain

More than 25 million American adults — about 11.2 percent — reported having pain every day for the previous three months. Researchers said the same data suggests that more than 23 million Americans felt “a lot” of pain in the preceding months, and more than 126 million — or more than half of all U.S. adults […]

Senate Majority Leader Praises Efforts to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently announced that it would be providing $2.5 million in funding for a new Heroin Response strategy to fight opioid abuse in five identified High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, including Appalachia.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has praised the move as “a positive development for Kentucky’s efforts to fight […]