By Ed Coghlan
When U.S. Pain Foundation Founder and President Paul Gileno wrote an opinion column about how the pain community could get organized, it started a pretty robust conversation.
Those words have led to action
One of Gileno’s own pain ambassadors, Jeannette Rotondi put together a petition that calls upon President Obama to allocate a portion of the $1 billion directed toward the opioid abuse epidemic to help the chronic pain pandemic, through funding for improved prevention, treatment, research, provider and patient education and public awareness.
If you want to sign the petition, you can do so here. You should distribute it to others in your group via email or social media if you desire
This is our moment to stand as one, to be unified and to make the change we need, the change we desire and the change that is right,” Gileno said.
U.S. Pain Foundation hopes that 100,000 signatures can be gathered in the next thirty days to make a powerful statement and take what it calls “tangible action” about the need for recognition and action about the plight of the chronic pain patient.
“It is important for people with pain to speak up. We are so proud of our ambassadors, and any individual with pain, who uses their voice to generate positive change for the pain community,” Gileno told the National Pain Report.
Chronic Pain is a major health problem in the United States. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 100 million adult Americans have chronic pain conditions, not including acute or pediatric pain. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain costs society at least $560-$635 annually, equal to $2,000 for everyone living in the U.S. The total incremental cost of health care due to pain ranges between $261-$300 billion and $297-$336 billion due to lost productivity.
Gileno also told his U.S. Pain Foundation in an email over the weekend, “Additionally, look for more action items from U.S. Pain over the next few days regarding making change for all of us in the pain community.”