The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) recently held a meeting on “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis.” Four witnesses were invited to provide testimony and weigh in on best practices to mitigate misuse of prescriptions without limiting treatment options for Americans with chronic pain. Cindy Steinberg , National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain Foundation, was the only witness able to personally provide the perspective of a person living with daily pain.
Cindy and other advocates are urging members of Congress to restore balance to pain management practices and invest in research on safer, more effective treatment options for children and adults living with chronic diseases.
Now that those who live with pain are truly being heard in Washington, D.C., it is important to continue the conversation. You can do this by contacting members of the Senate HELP committee as well as all U.S. Senators.
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You can thank members of the committee for holding a hearing on pain and urge them to implement proactive measures. Click here  to see if your Senator sits on the HELP committee. If they do, consider thanking that Senator on the HELP committee here .
Even if your Senator isn’t on the HELP Committee, you can still send a note letting them know you appreciate Congress holding a hearing on pain. Thank your Senator here .
Thank you for your dedication towards ensuring well-intentioned reform does not harm people with complex, chronic conditions who legitimately need and responsibly use prescription medications.