By Ed Coghlan.
September is a big month for chronic pain.
Not only is it Pain Awareness Month, and there are many awareness activities underway, but there is quite a bit of activism around the country this month, and people who are organizing need your support.
Don’t Punish Pain Rallies Scheduled
Tuesday September 18th will see dozens of Don’t Punish Pain Rallies around the country. The event is the brainchild of Claudia Merandi of Rhode Island who has inspired 79 rallies in 45 states that have already been scheduled. Here’s a list. You can attend one near you or you still have time to organize your own.
Oregon HERC and Forced Taper Take the Next Step?
Two days later, on September 20th, the Oregon Health Authority Health Evidence Commission (HERC) is asking its Chronic Pain Task Force to go over what was heard at the controversial August 9th HERC Meeting. You’ll remember that Oregon is considering a forced taper policy for Medicaid patients who use opioids. It caused an explosion of criticism from the chronic pain community, advocates from around the country, physicians and patients inundated HERC with protests and asked that they reconsider a policy that many experts just don’t think are practical.
Is Missouri Looking to Lead?
In Missouri, Mary Cremer of Jefferson City has been working successfully with State Representative Mike Moon to have the new Governor, Mike Parson, consider overturning an executive order that his predecessor issued which has resulted in doctors being told to write fewer opioid prescriptions. Governor Parson appears open to the conversation.
His predecessor Eric Greitens resigned earlier this year after allegations surfaced of sexual coercion, blackmail, invasion of privacy, and misuse of charity resources to fund his campaign.
Cremer is asking people both in Missouri and across the country to contact the Governor and ask him to overturned the executive order. The Governor’s phone number is 573-751-3222. His E-mail: mo.gov/contact-us. Be respectful.
Big Federal Meeting Scheduled
And, the HHS Task Force on Best Practices in Pain Management will meet on September 25th. We will report more on that as the day approaches.
Can You Save an Important Project?
Finally, Tina Petrova has created a feature documentary (Pain Warriors-The Movie) that she says exposes the injustices done to our international Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain community. “Long under-recognized and misunderstood, we face a dire lack of available & accessible treatments, which serve to offer many some small quality of life, helping us to live in dignity,” she said.
Tina needs $6,000 in order to finish and begin to distribute the documentary. Any donation—no matter how small—is welcome. Big donations are ok too. To Contribute, go here.
We may be hearing more from Tina in the next few days as she works hard to save her film.
There’s lot going on. Figure out how you can help.