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President And US Congress

Change the laws of prescribing for pain chronic/intractable pain sufferers

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: The United States Senate And President Obama.

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Change the laws of prescribing for pain chronic/intractable pain sufferers

Many strategies and options exist to treat chronic noncancer pain. Since chronic pain is not a single entity but may have myriad causes and perpetuating factors, these strategies and options vary from behavioral methods and rehabilitation approaches to the use of a number of different medications, including opioids.

Pain is one of the most common reasons people consult a physician, yet it frequently is inadequately treated, leading to enormous social cost in the form of lost productivity, needless suffering, and excessive healthcare expenditures.
Impediments to the use of opioids include concerns about addiction, respiratory depression and other side effects, tolerance, diversion, and fear of regulatory action.

State law and policy about opioid use are currently undergoing revision. The trend is to adopt laws or guidelines that specifically recognize the use of opioids to treat intractable pain. These statements serve as indicators of increased public awareness of the sequelae of undertreated pain and help clarify that the use of opioids for the relief of chronic pain is a legitimate medical practice.

Due to concerns about regulatory scrutiny, physicians need guidance as to what principles should generally be followed when prescribing opioids for chronic or recurrent pain states. Regulators have also expressed a need for guidelines to help them to distinguish legitimate medical practice from questionable practice and to allow them to appropriately concentrate investigative, educational, and disciplinary efforts, while not interfering with legitimate medical care.

Our petition hopes to make a universal pain Patient Bill Of Rights in all states of North America..
Make sure that pain patients have the right to adequate pain management.
Create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the general public that pain is a serious public health issue and needs to change.
Offer a comprehensive guide of networks and resources and knowledge about issues in pain management with different pain syndromes.

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Sincerely,

[Your name]

Signed,

Drpatty Verdugo

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

For those of you who are living with chronic and/or intractable pain sufferers (and families and friends) who are not receiving proper treatment for their pain, the only way to change opinions is...

For those of you who are living with chronic and/or intractable pain sufferers (and families and friends) who are not receiving proper treatment for their pain, the only way to change opinions is to not only educate, bring awareness into public view and to make a lot of noise surrounding the topic. Please walk besides me in our journey to change the laws of prescribing for chronic pain sufferers and take the stigma of having to take pain medications away! Our cause sets out to change the laws that exist today so that doctors don't have to fear losing their licenses or having the DEA breathing down their backs if they prescribe medications to sufferers that really need it! Our pain is real and we need real help!

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