National Pain Report understands the negligent under-representation of the chronic pain population. With over 100 million people suffering in the US alone, the potential power of the population to influence policy should be immense. However, as has been noted by so many of our readers, the problem that the chronic pain population is faced with, is lack of organization and mobilization – which in many cases is complicated by the physical obstacle that chronic pain can be.
However, we do not believe that in the absence of large scale organization and mobilization, no-action is the answer.
National Pain Report does support large advocacy groups such as US Pain Foundation, and believes and encourages them to continue to educate and look for opportunities to leverage their members and relationships in trying to find ways to influence and initiate change; however, we also believe that grass-roots movements are ones of the tools that can be much more accessible to individuals without financial means, the physical ability to “march”, or who may just wish to not be affiliated with a specific group.
In any case, National Pain Report has chosen to support Chronic Pain Rights Support Group as they call upon chronic pain sufferers to call and email your Senators.
The following is a call-to-action that was posted in National Pain Report comments, that we have chosen to republish:
This is a CALL to action for all pain sufferers! It’s time to speak out against the oppression and discrimination that we have all endured at one time or another.
Myself and my fellow members of the Chronic Pain Rights Support Group are calling on our fellow pain suffers to call and email your Senators about all our concerns and issues with the way that several of the Senate Bills regarding opioid medications and addiction treatment and the way they will negatively impact the Chronic Pain Community.
Our concerns should be that these Bills specifically allocate funding for the treatment of addiction with complete and total disregard to the pain community. We should demand that our rights to proper pain relief be guaranteed whether it be from opioid medications, or from natural means such as marijuana.
We also need to extremely express our concerns about funding. Research on efficient and safer therapies for treating chronic pain should be the first concern before prohibiting the use of opiates. The fact that our government is spending more on the treatment of those addicted, 28 million people, than they do on finding better treatment, safer and less addictive treatments for chronic pain suffers, over 116 million people is unforgivable.
So on Tuesday, June 21st at 3 pm eastern standard time we are asking all those who suffer from pain 24/7, 365 days a year to call and email your US Senators office and demand to be heard. Our goal of course is to make our calls the only ones heard in Washington DC that whole day.
Please be calm, polite and to the point when you call so we do not fuel the addiction fire any further. If we call and leave angry comments, or just totally be irate and unapproachable, we will appear as we simply want our opiates or Marijuana and are not concerned about anything or anyone else. But if we speak polite and professional, people will listen. Thank you all and we truly hope you can join in.
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Remember – in less time than it takes to read this article, you can call your Senator, represent the pain community, and let them know that there are many people out there in chronic pain who are not being represented.