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RESTORING FREEDOM OVERCOMING PAIN

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. And at Medtronic, we believe that partnership will be the key to the solution in the management of pain, and of painful conditions.
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OUR MISSION MAKES A DIFFERENCE

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.

Infographic summarizing how the opioid epidemic is affecting patients in the United States.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PATIENTS

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.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH LEGISLATION

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.

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PROGRESS SO FAR

FLORIDA

Legislation aimed at raising awareness of “nonopioid alternatives” for pain management — including “interventional procedures or treatments”

MINNESOTA

Comprehensive legislation to address the opioid crisis in Minnesota was signed into law on May 22, 2019.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PATIENTS

Hear about Bryan and his journey with pain.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH HELPFUL RESOURCES

 

Our perspective and approach to relieving pain and disrupting the opioid epidemic using medical technology

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KEY PAIN MANAGEMENT RESOURCES FOR CLINICIANS & THOSE STRUGGLING WITH PAIN

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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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To find out more about solutions for chronic pain and for painful conditions from Medtronic, visit Medtronic.com/manage.

To find out more about where to find a physician who specializes in pain management, click here.

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1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: results from the 2016 national survey on drug use and health. HHS publication no. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52. 2017; Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FFR1-2016/NSDUH-FFR1-2016.htm . Accessed July 2018.

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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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Hedegaard H, Warner M, Minino A. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999-2016. NCHS data brief no. 294. National Center for Health Statistics publications and information products: data briefs. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db294.htm. Updated December 21, 2017. Accessed July 2018.

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Case A, Deaton A. Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015;112(49):15078-15083.

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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.