Our friend Jenny Picciotto alerted us to something of importance that we thought we should share.
The National Academy of Medicine has scheduled a ‘listening session’ to obtain patient perspectives ahead of developing and publishing their guidelines to drive health care policy as it relates to the CDC opioid guidelines and pain management for chronic pain patients.
This is an opportunity for pain patients to listen in and hear how others have intersected with the health care system, and to share their own experience via a web form.
The Academy is asking for stakeholders in the pain community to take part as new guidelines are being developed. I hope the community will take this chance to have its voice heard.
The event is on February 13th at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
For more information, click here.
Let us know if you are planning to attend and participate.
Another friend of ours, Mary Cremer from Missouri wanted to draw your attention to a video that the Conservative Cause of the State Senate released talking about why they oppose the PDMP, in fact they filibustered the PDMP last fall.
If you haven’t read this piece from The Mighty last month, I highly recommend it. It’s written by Jonelle Elgaway. It’s entitled How It Feels to Be Force Tapered Off Pain Medication for Chronic Illness. It’s a good read.
Dan Laird, MD who is both a doctor and a lawyer asked an interesting question on Twitter recently.
“Will you vote in the 2020 elections? If so, how important is a candidate’s knowledge of chronic pain and his/ her willingness to defend access to safely prescribed opioids for patients who need them as a last resort for pain management?”
Not surprisingly, 92% said it was very important.
Now to get them to listen.
By the way, you can (and should) follow Dan on Twitter @DanLairdMD