Pain Management and Prescription Drugs

Pain is a significant public health problem. Chronic pain alone affects approximately 100 million U.S. adults. Pain reduces quality of life and can affect specific population groups disparately. Currently, large numbers of Americans receive inadequate pain prevention, assessment, and treatment, in part because of the financial incentives that work against the provision of the best, most individualized care; unrealistic patient expectations; and a lack of valid and objective pain assessment measures. Unfortunately, patients often are not told, or do not understand, that their journey to find the best combination of treatments for them may be long and full of uncertainty.  READ MORE