This Week in Pain: May 21, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Doctors Among Dozens Held in Raids Against Illegal Sales of Prescription Drugs Source: New York Times – 5/20 “Seven doctors and 41 others in four Southern states were arrested Wednesday in raids by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, officials said, part of what the agency called its largest operation against illegal […]

National Pain Strategy Report: Comments from the Academy

by Bob Twillman, Executive Director, American Academy of Pain Management, Ph.D., FAPM On behalf of the more than 4000 members of the American Academy of Pain Management (the Academy), I wish to submit these comments regarding the National Pain Strategy (NPS) developed by work groups overseen by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). As […]

CPATF calls for funding of HHS’ National Pain Strategy

The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) has called for HHS to proactively develop a federal oversight body for its NPS and start the budgeting process now to ensure that HHS can implement the plan soon after it is approved and released.  The CPATF, a coalition of seventeen consumer organizations and advocacy groups created specifically […]

Alliance for Balanced Pain Management Expands Membership with Diverse National Organizations

The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM) has announced that it has welcomed four new members: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS); National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). The AfBPM, of which the American Academy of Pain Management is a member, […]

CDC’s Social Media Campaign Backfires

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently launched a social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of painkiller abuse, asking the public to “…tell stories of the many people whose lives have been affected by prescription painkiller addiction or the death of a loved one,” alongside the hashtag #RxProblem.  The campaign, however, had the unintended […]