LOST IN CHAOS:
The State of Chronic Pain in 2016
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Millions of Americans living with chronic pain struggle because two important public health issues— chronic pain and opioid addiction—are misunderstood and have been conflated. Until these two health conditions are properly distinguished, studied and addressed, the problems associated with both will continue. Tension and misunderstanding surrounding chronic pain and opioid addiction characterize the state of pain in 2016.
The Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS) is a consortium of leaders working in professional societies, patient advocacy organizations, policy groups, consumers, payers and the private sector working together toward a common vision and mission. For more information, visit PAINSProject.org.