Millions of Americans are aﬀected by pain and have been prescribed systemic opioids (typically oral) as part of their treatment plan by healthcare providers.1 In fact, an estimated 11.4 million Americans are misusing opioids with 63% doing so to relieve physical pain.1
Providers, payors, elected officials, regulators, and patient advocacy groups all share the responsibility in the hopes of uncovering lasting solutions to the management of chronic pain and of painful conditions through non-systemic opioids. And together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.
Hear about Tami and her journey with pain.
The patient testimonials above relate accounts of individual responses to treatment. The accounts are genuine, typical and documented. However, these patients' response does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the response other people may have to the treatments. The response other individuals have to either treatment could be different. Responses to the treatments can and do vary. Not every responses are the same.
Around the country, legislation is beginning to address this urgent issue. We are working in partnership with the efforts of patients, families, advocacy groups, public servants, and many others in the healthcare community.
Hear about Bryan and his journey with pain.
Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools this organization provides can help to better understand pain and work more effectively with health care teams toward a higher quality of life.
Medtronic and the American Chronic Pain Association are not engaged in a formal partnership.
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Vowles KE, McEntee ML, Julnes PS, et al. Rates of opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction in chronic pain: a systematic review and data synthesis. Pain. 2015;156(4):569-576.
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Solly M. US Life Expectancy Drops for Third Year in a Row, Reflecting Rising Drug Overdoses, Suicides. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-life-expectancy-drops-third-year-row-reflecting-rising-drug-overdose-suicide-rates-180970942/. Accessed June 2019.