National Pain Strategy Aims To Improve Pain Care in America
Click Here To Sign the Petition to direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund and implement the National Pain Strategy to reduce the public health burden of chronic pain
Costing $635 billion annually, 100 million Americans and 80% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (and 50% of all veterans) suffer from chronic pain. Current research, education and treatment efforts are inadequate to address this epidemic, which often leads to suicide. In response, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed the National Pain Strategy (NPS), the country’s first strategic plan to achieve a system of safe, effective, and high-quality pain care informed by scientific evidence. The NPS will promote research, healthcare provider training, insurance coverage for individualized pain care, and public awareness of pain. Millions of families can no longer wait for solutions and urge the Administration to direct HHS to swiftly fund and implement the NPS.