When we saw a Twitter conversation about chronic pain being led by U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams earlier this month, we thought it was worth bringing to a wider audience.
So we published a story and promised our readers if they wanted to communicate directly with the Surgeon General they could send an email and we would forward it to Dr. Adams.
We receive 19 very thoughtful responses—many supportive of the moderate approach the Surgeon General was promoting and others who were critical of the federal government generally.
We consolidated them into a document that we sent to Dr. Adams via his media office on Monday afternoon.
(To read the entire responses submitted by patients, click here)
This is the cover note we sent the Surgeon General:
Dr. Adams—I read with interest your Twitter conversation regarding chronic pain last week. I published a story that captured your tweets and then asked our readers—who are chronic pain patients and providers—for any comments they might have. I invite you to read 50+ comments readers posted at the end of the story.
We also told our readers if they wanted to contact you directly, we would be happy to forward those notes. I received 19 heartfelt emails to send to you over the weekend and have pasted them to this note with email addresses that the folks left. I did not edit any of these, what you see is what they wrote as they wrote it over the past three days.
I’ll leave it to you to take it from here.
I don’t position myself by any means as a spokesman for the community but I do believe that having this conversation with a group that feels like it has been collateral damage in the opioid war is important—and urge you to figure out how to keep that conversation productive for those who suffer from chronic pain—many of whom use opioid therapy to simply live their lives.
Let me know if you wish to discuss further.
National Pain Report
We will let you know if we hear back from him.