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The Side of the Opioid Epidemic You Haven’t Heard

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FACTS & MYTHS

Chronic Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

FACT

Chronic Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system and it is a major contributor to health care costs

FACT

Chronic pain patients are just being lazy.
Reality: Many chronic pain patients are active, fruitful members of society who live full lives thanks to their access to proper pain treatments.

MYTH

GET INVOLVED

If you are a DOCTOR, here are 5 things you can do now:

 

ASSESS the risk of others in a household diverting a patient’s pain medication and offer appropriate treatment

ADVOCATE for inclusion of pain and addiction issues in medical school curriculum

CALL for payors to grant access to all treatments pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic, including alternative therapies and ADFs

DEMAND elimination of ‘Fail First’ hurdles to patient treatment

SHARE information about ADF opioids with your patients

If you are a PATIENT, here are 5 things you can do now:

 

EDUCATE yourself about the facts about opioids, addiction and chronic pain

ASK your doctor about your treatment options: mental health treatment, alternative therapies, abuse deterrent opioids, etc.

TELL your doctor: family history of addiction, do you have kids at home, have trouble swallowing pills, struggle with mental health

SHARE your story and facts: Call for a Change in the way we treat chronic pain, mental health, addiction

ADVOCATE for your treatment: get active, call Congress, be your own force for change

If you are a POLICY MAKER, here are 5 things you can do now:

 

BECOME INFORMED about the facts about opioids, addiction and chronic pain

DEVELOP comprehensive patient-first policies and solutions for prevention and treatment

REQUIRE a balanced approach to opioid prescribing, adopting socially responsible policies for both the pain and addiction community

CALL for payors to grant access to all treatments including alternative comprehensive pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies and ADFs

ADVOCATE: actions speak louder than words; change policy NOW

If you are an ADVOCATE, here are 5 things you can do now:

 

EDUCATE about the facts about opioids, addiction and chronic pain

BECOME involved with our partner organizations like USPF, ACPA or CLAAD

WRITE to your state legislator about killing Fail First/Step Therapy policies for opioids

CALL for payors to grant access to all treatments including alternative therapies and ADFs

DEMAND comprehensive patient-first policies and solutions for prevention and treatment